<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Mavs Central]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usFri, 19 Oct 2018 07:56:32 -0500Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:56:32 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Mark Cuban's Tips for Lottery Winners]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 05:00:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_MARK_CUBAN_GAME.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who knows what it's like to suddenly become incredibly wealthy, has some tips (some practical and some philosophical) for lottery jackpot winners.

  • Hire a tax attorney first.

  • Don't take the lump sum. You don't want to blow it all in one spot.

  • If you weren't happy yesterday you won't be happy tomorrow. It's money. It's not happiness.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Drop Season Opener to Suns 121-100]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:29:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    Devin Booker scored 19 of his 35 points in the final 6:44 and lifted the Phoenix Suns to a 121-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the teams' season opener on Wednesday night.

    Booker, who missed the entire preseason after undergoing a surgical procedure on his right (shooting) hand, sank four 3s, converted a three-point play, made a driving layup and hit two free throws after Dallas had cut what had been a 16-point lead to four.

    Two of the NBA's top rookies squared off in their debuts with different results.

    Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, made 8 of 11 shots for 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists. Dallas' Luka Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick, struggled from the field, making 5 of 16 shots -- 0 of 5 3-pointers -- for 10 points. He had four assists and eight rebounds.

    Trevor Ariza added 21 points, Josh Jackson 18 and T.J. Warren 17 for the Suns, who gave Igor Kokoskov a victory in his NBA head coaching debut.

    The Mavericks, already without Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes, lost Devin Harris to a strained left hamstring in the first quarter and never led after the game's opening minute. Dwight Powell led six Dallas players in double figures with 16 points.

    Ayton made his first shot, was fouled by Doncic, and the three-point play put Phoenix ahead 3-2. The Suns led the rest of the night.

    They scored the final 10 points of the first quarter, including 3s by Ariza and Booker, to lead 37-24.

    Dennis Smith Jr.'s two free throws cut the lead to 49-42, but consecutive Dallas turnovers led to a layup by Booker and Ariza's fourth 3-pointer and Phoenix led 56-46 at the break.

    Phoenix twice stretched the lead to 16 in the third quarter and was up 83-73 entering the fourth.

    But consecutive 3s by Dallas' Wesley Matthews and Jalen Brunson cut the Suns' lead to 94-90 with seven minutes to play.

    Booker followed with a driving layup, added a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and converted a three-point play to put Phoenix up 102-94 with 4:34 to go.

    The Suns made 19 of 34 3s, seven of nine in the fourth quarter.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Nowitzki Hopes 21st Season With Mavs is Start of Turnaround]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:44:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki hasn't won a playoff series since leading the Dallas Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 and has watched the franchise's steady slide to depths not seen since he was the fresh-faced rookie out of Europe 20 years ago.

    If Nowitzki's record 21st season with the same team is his last, the superstar from Germany at least wants to be able to say he was there for the beginning of a turnaround.

    Those hopes are grounded in another precocious Euro transplant, No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic from Slovenia, and second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who can tell his new young teammate what it's like to start an NBA career as a teenager. The Mavericks open the season next Wednesday at Phoenix.

    "To me it was always about winning and keeping us a winning franchise," Nowitzki said. "Ever since the championship we had a few rough seasons, snuck into the playoffs a couple times, missed the playoffs. So it's been tough to be part of it at times. But hopefully we're headed in the right direction. Hopefully we'll have a better year than the last two."

    Winning now might fall a little bit more toward the older guys.

    Harrison Barnes was the first big step toward life after Nowitzki as the team's leading scorer the past two seasons after winning a title and losing in the NBA Finals with Golden State. Center DeAndre Jordan, one of the game's best rebounders, finally joined the Mavericks three years after backing out on a pledge to do so.

    "It's a newfound energy now, being on a new team and a new nucleus and a new owner and a great city with amazing fans," Jordan said. "These fans have always been amazing, every time I've been here and played. I think there's a new energy and a new excitement with our team."

    Losing is getting old for coach Rick Carlisle, going into his 11th season with the Mavericks. He had just one sub-.500 record in his first 14 years as an NBA coach. The second of two in a row (24-58) was Dallas' first 50-loss season since the last of seven in a span of eight seasons in 1998, a couple of months before Nowitzki showed up.

    "I'm not going to throw any numbers out. I'm not going to do anything stupid like that," Carlisle said. "When I went to Detroit in 2001, I got asked that question, someone asked, `Hey, you think you can be .500?' And I said, `Why would you want to throw out 41 as a number that you're striving for?"'


    The 40-year-old is expected to come off the bench with regularity for the first time since he was a rookie. The Jordan signing clinched it, since Nowitzki was considered the starting center last season. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews is the other starter along with Smith, Barnes, Doncic and Jordan. Nowitzki knows it will be different but is fine with it.

    "When you come off the bench, you usually don't have the luxury of easing into the game," said Nowitzki, who might not be ready for the opener because of a slower-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery in April. "You got to be on right away, which was never really my thing. But I'll have an extra coffee or something and come out firing."


    The 19-year-old Doncic's court sense and passing ability raise the question of who might be the better facilitator between him and Smith, who was third among rookies in assists last season. This much figures to be true: the Mavericks have a promising point forward in the 6-foot-7 Doncic, likely to be listed as the starting power forward.

    "I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be great together," Nowitzki said. "They got to work out some stuff and get better, work through some mistakes together. But the sky's the limit for this backcourt for a long, long time."


    The Mavericks weren't good enough to make the playoffs in the West the past two seasons, but bad starts sapped any hope early both times (2-13 followed by 2-14). With a brighter outlook, it's more important for Dallas to avoid those miserable early records.

    "Our first game in Phoenix is huge," Barnes said. "That will start our season off in the right direction. When you dig yourself in the hole in the West, it's hard to get back."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Tip-off Luncheon Kicks Off Season]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 06:42:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-mavericks-practice.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are officially kicking off the 2018 season Thursday with a luncheon at the American Airlines Center. The players, coaching staff and announcers will be on hand to take a look at this year's team.

    Dallas opens the season on the road at Phoenix next Wednesday. Forward Harrison Barnes told NBC 5 he really likes the personality and make up of this year's team.

    "We have a good mix, young and vets," Barnes said. "There are some conversations where I have no idea what you're talking about, whether it's the parenting conversation or the gaming conversation, you know. We have different dynamics, but it's going pretty good."

    The event kicks off 11 a.m. and seats are still available. For ticket information you can head to Mavs.com.

    Proceeds from the event go to the Mavs foundations which serves women, children and families in North Texas.

    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Dancers, 2015-2016]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:44:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513700850.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers during the 2015-2016 season.

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    <![CDATA[Doncic Scores 15, Dallas Tops 76ers at China Games]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 06:47:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dmn-luka-doncic.jpg

    Fans in China got an ideal show: a down-to-the-wire game, and a chance to cheer one of their own.

    Luka Doncic scored 15 points, JJ Barea added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Philadelphia 76ers 115-112 on Monday night to earn a split of the teams' NBA China Games series.

    But the biggest cheers of the night were saved for Dallas' Ding Yanyuhang, who played the final 8:33 -- a stint he won't forget.

    "We know how special this night is for Ding," Barea said. "We love him as a teammate and we've been having some fun the last couple days. We're proud of him and we're excited for him."

    Mavs coach Rick Carlisle presented Ding with the game ball afterward. The Chinese rookie was held out of the first game in the two-game Philadelphia-Dallas series with knee soreness but gutted his way through it on Monday night.

    "Ding did very well, considering that he's only had one partial-contact practice, which was (Sunday)," Carlisle said. "He hasn't practiced. So to go out there and be part of that group that finished the game successfully is a very good thing."

    Carlisle said Ding will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' G League affiliate, when the team returns to Dallas. He will need continued rehab on his knee, and when he's cleared to play he will head to the G League.

    Ding, who finished with one point, called the chance to play an NBA game in China "a precious gift."

    Jalen Brunson had 11 points for Dallas, plus got a steal in the final seconds to help preserve the win. Dennis Smith Jr. and Dwight Powell each scored 10 for the Mavericks.

    Joel Embiid scored 29 points for Philadelphia, going 11 for 16 from 2-point range -- though he did miss all six of his 3-point tries. Robert Covington scored 18 points for the 76ers, who got 10 points apiece from JJ Redick and Ben Simmons.

    Monday was Philadelphia's preseason finale, and Sixers coach Brett Brown raved about Embiid's exhibition season.

    "I believe when you watch what he's doing, and he's had a summer of health, and he's had a preseason of health, that there are signs of dominance," Brown said. "And where I get most excited is his leadership and his maturity have been excellent."

    Redick made his first shot Monday, meaning he started 11 for 11 on the China trip. He made all 10 of his shots in Philadelphia's win over Dallas on Friday and finished 4 for 9 on Monday.

    There were six lead changes and two ties in the fourth quarter alone, and the game went down to the very last moment. Daryl Macon made one of two free throws with 13 seconds left to put Dallas up by two, and Brunson added a free throw following his steal to push the Mavericks' lead to three.

    Demetrius Jackson missed a pullup 3-pointer at the end that would have tied it for Philadelphia.


    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki (ankle surgery rehab) remained sidelined, though he did address the crowd pregame in Shenzhen just as he did on Friday in Shanghai. ... Doncic got called for fouling Amir Johnson on a jump ball in the second quarter. Referee Tony Brothers said Doncic swiped Johnson across the arm as they leaped to control the tap. ... Dallas used 15 players, none of them taking more than nine shots.

    76ers: Philadelphia committed 70 fouls in China, 35 in each game. ... Embiid had a beautiful reverse pivot to get loose for a dunk late in the first half. Problem was, he slammed the ball into the front of the rim. ... Simmons got a first-quarter technical for flexing after a dunk. ... Philadelphia started 0 for 9 from 3-point range, before Mike Muscala connected.


    The booing of Redick -- "polite booing," he called it earlier in this trip to China -- continued every time he touched the ball. Redick appeared to use a derogatory term for Chinese people several months ago while taping part of a video where NBA players were wishing fans Happy New Year. Redick apologized quickly after the video came out and said the usage of the slur was unintentional, insisting that he was tongue-tied.


    Both teams were flying back to the U.S. after the game. Philadelphia was hoping for a slightly quicker trip than the one that brought it to China; the 76ers had a scheduled stop for refueling in Calgary, Alberta, on the way over and wound up being on the ground for several hours because of a snowstorm. All told, it took Philadelphia nearly 22 hours to get to China.


    Mavericks: Preseason finale at home Friday against Charlotte.

    76ers: Preseason complete, season opener at Boston on Oct. 16.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Report: Mavs Fire photographer Accused of Sexual Harassment]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 15:42:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cynthia-Marshall-Mark-Cuban-DMN-100718.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly fired a team photographer amid allegations of sexual harassment from several women.

    The Dallas Morning News, citing sources it did not identify, reported that Danny Bollinger was fired last week after the newspaper detailed the allegations. The team didn't respond to a request for comment Monday.

    According to the paper, the team opened an investigation into the allegations a few days after the release of a report detailing years of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct on the business side of the organization.

    The NBA accepted the findings in the report from a law firm hired the Mavericks. The club avoided basketball-related penalties as owner Mark Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to groups that promote the role of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence.

    According to the Morning News, Bollinger traveled to China, where Dallas played two exhibition games against Philadelphia, but was sent home early and subsequently fired.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Mavericks Face Questions About Photographer's Conduct]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:55:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/No+Work+place+Changes.jpg

    Two weeks after the Dallas Mavericks publicly released an investigative report that confirmed "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct," the organization faces more questions about alleged inappropriate behavior by a longtime employee.

    Four former female employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity said team photographer Danny Bollinger has a history of propositioning female co-workers and making lewd comments in the workplace.

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[DeAndre Jordan Excited to Finally Join the Dallas Mavericks]]>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 22:50:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DeAndre+Jordan+092418.jpg

    In 2015, DeAndre Jordan verbally agreed to join the Mavericks, only to change his mind at the last minute and re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. But now, all is forgiven as the 6-foot-11-inch center begins his career in Dallas.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Addresses Mavericks' Workplace Investigation]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:37:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki addressed the finds of the investigation into the Mavericks' workplace at the team's media day Friday.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Coach Speaks About Internal Investigation]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:24:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_NBA_SOCIAL_ISSUES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1193983043517.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle spoke about the organizations internal investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.]]>
    <![CDATA[Report Released on Dallas Mavericks Misconduct Claims]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:40:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    A 43 page reports detailing years of sexual misconduct and abuse inside the Dallas Maverick's front office was released Wednesday. Although Mavs owner Mark Cuban wasn’t specifically named in the allegations, he did admit that he made mistakes in judgement in dealing with the issues. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains.

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    <![CDATA[Victim: Mark Cuban’s Punishment is 'Not Enough']]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:02:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MAVS+ACCUSER.jpg

    An NBA championship ring, a signed ball and a custom jersey are all bright spots, Melissa Weishaupt says during an otherwise toxic four year career in the Dallas Mavericks front office.

    “I had these horrible migraines and I started seeing a doctor about it because I just didn't know what was happening,” said Weishaupt. 

    She worked in marketing for the Mavs starting in 2010. She claims the former CEO, Terdema Ussery, would ask her sexually explicit questions and make lewd comments about her body, claims Ussery denies.

    There was one time, she says, when she shot back. “I made like a flip, smart-aleck comment and he laughed and he walked off. My boss turned and looked at me and said, 'Don't you ever be a smart-aleck to the CEO.' I said, 'Are you kidding me? The CEO just made a comment about my breasts and I'm supposed to take it?'"

    She says the harassment for her was all verbal but she claims other women in her workplace were subjected to touching. “Like the sniffing of the hair, the rubbing of the shoulders, the rubbing of the leg.”

    Weishaupt says that she went to human resources but that her claims were ignored.

    "It was a brush off," said Weishaupt.

    In 2014 she got another job and quit. But in the last few months, she spoke on the record as part of an internal investigation ordered by owner, Mark Cuban which Wednesday reconfirmed, “numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct.” Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to organizations that support women.

    In an interview with ESPN Wednesday, Cuban said, "it was staring me right in the face and I missed it. I think I wasn't as focused on the business as I should have been."

    Weishaupt says she is skeptical of that. “Did he not see it or did he turn his head to it? Did he not want to see it? I think there's a lot of things to that message.”

    Regardless, Weishaupt says she will not seek legal action against the Mavericks. “A lot of people have said, 'oh, are you suing?’ I am not suing the Mavs, let's everybody take a deep breath, that has never been my intention.” She says she is speaking out in hopes of making things a little better for other women in the workplace.

    A seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations within the Dallas Mavericks organization was released Wednesday afternoon confirming "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over two decades.

    Key among the findings were allegations of improper workplace conduct toward 15 female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, and allegations of improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde.

    Hyde's inappropriate conduct was said to include inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers.

    Additionally, there were two acts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee.

    The allegations are part of a 43-page investigative report by Lowenstein Sandler that was released Wednesday afternoon. The NBA's response to the report was released at the same time.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Employment Attorney Breaks Down Mavs Misconduct Allegations]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:58:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    NBC 5 Anchor Meredith Land sits down with E. Ashley Sims, an employment attorney with Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton in Dallas, who talks about the allegations of decades of misconduct inside the Dallas Mavericks front office.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs 'Rebound' From Troubling Front Office Investigation]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:37:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN.jpg

    As the Dallas Mavericks organization tries to push past the front office scandal, CEO Cynt Marshall takes center stage in a new one-minute video message on the team’s website Wednesday morning.

    It’s called Rebound, with the verb described as “a recovery of possession of a missed shot or recover in value, amount, time or strength after a previous decrease or decline.”

    It opens with Marshall saying she’s been on the job for six months and she is “proud to be a Maverick.”

    Her next statements hint at the hostile workplace of the past.

    “It’s a new day here at the Mavs organization. And, we want you to know, we have rebounded from our past misses. We are now on a path to setting the standard for the NBA. In six months, we have created a culture of inclusion, diversity and professional development.”

    Inclusion, diversity and professional development are pivotal elements in Marshall’s 100-day plan she launched in March. The website lays out the four priorities of her plan with checkmarks next to 17 completed tasks:

    Model Zero Tolerance

    - Investigate allegations of misconduct, analyze results, respond swiftly to findings, communicate consequences as appropriate

    Mavs Women’s Playbook

    - Executive commitment, educate and develop, empower and engage, employ long-term, encourage &mentor

    Culture Transformation

    - Values based employment, inclusion and diversity strategy development, mandatory training, employee engagement

    Operational Effectiveness

    - Doing business, compensation, staffing, talent management

    Marshall talked about the changes she’s already made in an earlier interview with NBC5. The Mavs Women’s Playbook was a special focus.

    “I’m excited about this,” she said. “We did not have a culture that was friendly to women. We had some people who knew how to work with women, but in terms of a culture, it wasn't friendly to women. So, one of the things we did immediately was address the leadership team.”

    And that meant promoting and hiring women. “In order for our business to be successful, we need a diverse group of people around the table. So, now we have women and people of color around the table. Our leadership team right now is 44 percent women from zero,” she said.

    From her first day on the job, Marshall vision has been that “by 2019, the Dallas Mavericks organization, that’s all of us, is setting the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity.” That goal is reflected in the new vision unveiled today: As true Mavericks, we set the standard for ultimate fan experiences, unmatched emotional connections and extraordinary workplace culture.”

    Marshall shared her vision in an exclusive interview with NBC 5 back in August. “So at some point, my vision is that we will be named on Fortune's Great Place to Work list. That's my vision,” she said. “.. that they will see us, an NBA team, as one of the best places to work. in the world. “

    Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs on Decades of Misconduct In Front Office]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:12:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcAP_18057828367198.jpg

    A seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations within the Dallas Mavericks organization was released Wednesday afternoon confirming "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over two decades.

    Key among the findings were allegations of improper workplace conduct toward 15 female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, and allegations of improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde.

    Hyde's inappropriate conduct was said to include inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers.

    Additionally, there were two acts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee.

    The allegations are part of a 43-page investigative report by Lowenstein Sandler that was released Wednesday afternoon. The NBA's response to the report was released at the same time.

    Investigators said Ussery engaged in a pattern of harassment and that included unwanted touching and massaging, inappropriate comments and forcible kissing and that he found a number of ways to touch and "compliment" women on their appearance. The investigation substantiated claims made by 13 people between 2000 and 2015. Many of the claims were determined to be credible because many women told colleagues about the misconduct when it happened and many contained common threads, even among women who didn't know each other. Ussery denies inappropriate contact and sexual comments but did admit that he complimented women and massaged one woman's shoulders. He also admitted to having one sexual conversation with one woman but added that she initiated it.

    “We did a lot of things of wrong. And I wasn’t there to oversee him [Ussery]. And so yeah, everybody has every reason to question me, but I just wasn’t there and that was my fault," said team owner Mark Cuban.

    According to the report there was no evidence Cuban knew of Ussery's behavior or that anyone told him about the behavior, but the same can't be said about Hyde's alleged behavior.

    The report said 14 current and former employees said Hyde looked at pornographic material on his computer, laptop and phone; another 50 employees said they heard about his alleged behavior. Nine employees said Hyde's monitor was moved against a cubical wall so fewer people would see what he was looking at and seven said he'd made unwanted sexual advances.

    Sexually explicit images were found on Hyde's computer when it was searched in 2008 as part of a lawsuit. Lawyers for the team notified Cuban who sent a  "very strongly worded email" to Ussery and Pittman "telling him to stop it or he'd get fired."

    In 2011, a condom was seen falling out of Hyde's pants. The incident was recorded on surveillance video and Cuban was notified. According to the report, Cuban said not to make a bigger issue out of it than it was and to put Hyde on probation and warn him of termination should it happen again.

    Sometime between 2011 and 2013 Cuban said, "this bullshit with Chris Hyde is going to end," when it was believed Hyde was taking kickbacks from a ticket broker.

    In 2014 Hyde allegedly "behaved inappropriately" with a new female employee; Cuban said to fire him.

    On Hyde, Cuban told ESPN in a taped interview that aired Wednesday, "Obviously this was a huge mistake on my part. I mean, I was under the impression that he had the first issue with the pornography was resolved and obviously it wasn’t. And I said if anything out of the question happens again, well, what was three years earlier and I hadn’t had any follow up beyond being told that he was being -- from my perspective there weren’t any issues. It was stupid on my part," Cuban said. “I messed up. I should have just fired him on the spot. It was just a huge mistake. There’s just no way to downplay it and if someone were to show me from another company and asked me to read it I would say you can’t make a bigger mistake because that destroys the whole culture of your organization.”

    As a result of the investigation, Cuban said he's ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees and has pledged to contributed $10 million to organizations committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.

    “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing — the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.”

    The investigation recommended a number of changes be made at the organization, including increasing the number of women on staff and in leadership positions; Enhancing a formal reporting process for victims of misconduct; Implementing regular employee surveys on workplace culture and expanding and improving the human resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating allegations of workplace misconduct.

    "The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that 'we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following' the publication of the Sports Illustrated article," the league said in a statement.

    The league is also requiring the Mavericks provide them with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation; Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee; Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

    During a taped interview with ESPN, Cuban got emotional discussing how he felt reading the reports and details of what the women who worked for the team went through.

    “Just the pain that they went through at my company. It was the same way I felt when I stood in front of Mavs employees for the first time after this came out. I apologized to them. It just never in my wildest dreams that I think that this was happening and it was right underneath me. The pain that people went through, the pain that people shared with me as this happened, the tears that I saw. It just hurt and the way I felt was nothing compared to the way they felt. I mean, I, you know, I guess just my nature, I mean recognizing I made a mistake, learn from it, and then try to fix it.”

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    <![CDATA[Once an Underdog, Nash Enters Hall of Fame as Innovator]]>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 08:35:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/steve-nash1.jpg

    There were few times in Steve Nash's basketball career when he wasn't an underdog.

    Before there were players like Stephen Curry and James Harden captivating NBA audiences with a free-wheeling, open-court style, Nash, a 6-foot-3 Canadian, was laying the groundwork for what would become the league's "point guard era."

    From starring at St. Michaels High School in Victoria, British Columbia, to playing college ball at tiny Santa Clara, Nash was never supposed to an innovator in a game long dominated by much taller players.

    But after spending nearly two decades in the NBA, becoming a two-time MVP, eight-time All-Star and one of its most creative passers along the way, it's undeniable that Nash helped to remake both his position and the way it's played by an entire generation today.

    And when he's inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, even the player described as "painfully humble" by former teammate Grant Hill won't be able to deny his impact on the game.

    "I recognize that it's not a common list on someone's resume," Nash said.

    Nash will be inducted by Don Nelson, the coach he blossomed under while playing in Dallas for six seasons, from 1998 to 2004. But he is equally thankful for the time he spent in the fast-paced offense of Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix, who coached the Suns when Nash won the first of his back-to-back league MVP honors in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

    "I'm very grateful," Nash said. "I played on some great teams with a great coach, and we had a great bond and we meshed very well and played at a very high level. Those were some of the best times of my life."

    Nash will share the stage with Hill, a teammate in Phoenix, as well as former Suns executive Rick Welts, now the president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors.

    Welts not only sees a lot of Nash in Curry, he also remembers how quickly Nash's game went to a different level in Phoenix.

    "You have to remember the Phoenix Suns won 29 games (in 2003-04) and traded their best player, Stephon Marbury, to the Knicks right before the July 1 signing of Steve Nash to a Suns' contract," Welts said. "And that 29-win team won 62 games the next year -- still the biggest swing in the history of the NBA. So he and Mike D'Antoni reinvented the game of basketball."

    Welts said the impact of that tandem is undeniable.

    "The style of game they played brought so many people to the game, that had either left the game or were no longer interested or discovered the game because of the way those Suns teams played," Welts said.

    While Nash could be a prolific scorer, his legacy is his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. Nash racked up 10,335 career assists, third on the NBA's all-time list.

    Hill said to play for Nash was to play for a teammate who was your biggest advocate on the court.

    "It was never about him," Hill said. "I think with him, I think if he could have it his way he'd never shoot. It was always about his teammates and making them look good. Sometimes as teammates we had to encourage him and say, `Look man, for us to win you gotta shoot.'

    "For a guy who was as big of a player, the face of the franchise during those years -- you would never know."

    Nash said one thing he does have now is a deeper appreciation for his humble beginnings.

    "I was an underdog," Nash said. "I scrapped and clawed my way into college and did the same again in the NBA. And I just never stopped and I kept working my way up. Eventually, I had the type of career that allowed me to be here. But when I came into the league I don't think there was anyone -- myself included -- that would have thought this was the effect of my playing skills and ability."

    Nash said he's using this time to remember his journey.

    "It takes a weekend like this to really look back at the beginning, the middle the end and see what some of those markers were and how disproportionate they are to this moment," Nash said. "To a fault, I shy away from not just the attention, but also the reflection. ... But there are just so many people to share in the celebration and the thanks."

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    <![CDATA[Manu Ginobili, a 4-Time Champion With Spurs, Retires at 41]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 17:13:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ginobilidurantap.jpg

    Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs.

    Ginobili announced his decision to retire Monday, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a "fabulous journey" in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club.

    The smooth left-handed guard from Argentina came to San Antonio in 2002, forming what quickly became a powerful "Big 3" alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Now, they've all moved on: Duncan retired two years ago, Parker left San Antonio earlier this summer as a free agent to sign with the Charlotte Hornets, and Ginobili has worn Spurs colors for the last time as well.

    "Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball," Ginobili wrote on Twitter in making the announcement. "IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams."

    The image Ginobili chose to accompany that tweet: A photo of him walking off the floor, away from the camera, with four fingers aloft -- signifying his four titles.

    "An NBA champion and All-Star, Manu Ginobili is also a pioneer who helped globalize the NBA," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "He is one of basketball's greatest ambassadors who believes in the power of sports to change lives. And for 16 years, we were fortunate to watch a legend compete at the highest level. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world."

    Ginobili's pro career lasted 23 seasons in all, starting with stints in Italy and Argentina. His drawing power was massive even in his final season, and it was common for him to spend plenty of time before road games posing for photos and signing autographs -- often international fans proudly displaying an Argentine flag.

    "A role model for all of us that love this wonderful sport," Spurs forward Pau Gasol said.

    Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard were the backbone of San Antonio's drive to its most recent NBA championship in 2014, and this will be the first time that Gregg Popovich begins a season as the Spurs' head coach with none of those players on the roster. Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan earlier this summer, the end of a relationship in San Antonio that had apparently gone too sour to save.

    Leonard's departure meant Ginobili would have been the last significant player tied to the Spurs' title years. But in the end, retirement was his call.

    "Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner," Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki said on Twitter. "Next stop: HOF."

    Indeed, getting enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame would seem like a certainty for Ginobili. The No. 57 pick in the 1999 draft, Ginobili averaged 13.3 points and 3.8 assists in 1,057 regular-season games. He was a two-time All-Star and was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2007-08 season (getting 123 of 124 votes), plus he teamed with Popovich for 135 playoff wins -- the third-highest total for any player-coach combo in NBA history.

    The only two with more? Popovich and Duncan won 157, and Popovich and Parker won 137.

    "Thanks for all you did for the game gramps," Spurs forward Rudy Gay tweeted, poking fun at Ginobili's age. Gay's sentiment was shared by many in the NBA, and the Spurs quickly put up a page of on- and off-the-court highlights that bore the simplest of messages: "Gracias, Manu."

    Ginobili, even though he was often coming off the bench, has a resume of postseason production like almost no one else. Only two players have more than 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 300 3-pointers in their playoff careers -- Ginobili and LeBron James.

    "Thank you for what you have done for your fellow lefties and a bringing an unmatched level of creativity to the game," Atlanta's Kent Bazemore wrote to Ginobili in a tweet. "Much respect."

    Ginobili's final game was April 24, when the Spurs were ousted from the Western Conference playoffs by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors. San Antonio lost the series 4-1.

    Warriors coach Steve Kerr was once a teammate of Ginobili's in San Antonio. And as Golden State celebrated moving on to the second round, Kerr offered Ginobili a sales pitch.

    "Keep going, OK? Why not?" Kerr told Ginobili that day at Oracle Arena as they shared an embrace. "Hey, we met Roger Federer this year in China. I said 'Why do you keep playing?' He said 'I love it.' If you love it, keep going."

    Moments later, Ginobili left an NBA court as a player for the last time.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs CEO Celebrates Change in Workplace Culture]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:49:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyn-marshall-interview-aac.jpg

    It's now been almost six months on the job for new Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Cynt Marshall.

    Owner Mark Cuban hired the former AT&T executive back in February after Sports Illustrated detailed allegations of sexual misconduct in the front office.

    Marshall quickly launched a 100-day plan to change what the magazine reported was a hostile work environment for women.

    Her plan focused on what Marshall saw as four immediate priorities: zero tolerance, a Mavs Women’s playbook, cultural transformation and operational effectiveness

    Earlier this month, she and her team of 140 in the business office celebrated the completion of that plan. And, in an exclusive interview with NBC 5, Marshall talked the changes in the front office.

    “I see something very different now when I walk in than when I walked into that office in late February. So, I’m just really fired up about that,” Marshall told NBC 5. “I believe we have truly established a work environment where people know what's acceptable, what's not, and where inappropriate behavior, retaliation, any kind of misconduct won't be tolerated."

    To enforce zero tolerance, Marshall hired a new chief ethics and compliance officer, established a hotline to encourage employees to speak up when they see something wrong and a new code of conduct that clearly explains the new culture.

    “I will tell you, if it's sexual harassment and it’s proven, termination. Pure and simple. We won’t allow that in our workplace. We just won't,” said the CEO.

    Marshall also required mandatory Respect in the Workplace training for all employees from the office to the court. Players will get their training in September.

    The Mavs Women’s Playbook was designed to erase a culture unfriendly to women and immediately addressed leadership 

    “The permanent leadership team did not have any women on it,” said Marshall. “In order for our business to be successful, we need a diverse group of people around the table. So, now we have women and people of color around the table. Our leadership team right now is 44 percent women from zero.”

    That 44 percent breaks down to eight women; two new executives – Cyndee Wales in the role of compliance officer and Tarsha Lacour as senior vice president of human resources – and six women from within the organization promoted to leadership positions.

    There are also four new employee resource groups with WOMEN, Women of the Mavs Empowering Network, not surprisingly being the most active. Marshall said one particular session focused on purpose.

    “As women in this organization, what are we all about as women as a unit but also as individuals. What are we about every day? What do we bring in here every day? What value do we add? And, I’m trying to get them to see they do add value,” said Marshall. “The beauty of this is the men are all over this. They come to ERG meetings. These men have mothers, wives, daughters and they want this inclusive environment.”

    The Mavs Women’s Playbook includes increased philanthropy and partnerships with women-owned organizations. Marshall also wants to double the spending with women-owned businesses.

    Culture transformation brought a new set of core values called CRAFTS – Character, Respect, Authenticity, Fairness, Teamwork and Safety, both physical and emotional.

    “They’re just not on the walls, they're in the halls. People are living out these values. They are talking about them. We are making decisions based on them,” said Marshall.

    And to keep her staff and leadership team focused on the new values, Marshall will use regular surveys to check the pulse of the workplace.

    She also set up an inclusion council made of employees to keeps tabs on the office culture, employee engagement and the effectiveness of ERGS and whether more or less are needed.

    An external advisory council of business leaders, season ticket holders and corporate partners provides input to management and acts as a sounding board on the connections between the Mavericks and the local community.

    The council was established prior to a breakfast for the Dallas Police Department that resulted in controversy.  

    Operational effectiveness meant staffing changes such as a new general counsel, a vice president of diversity and inclusion along with the chief compliance officer.

    “Those are all brand new leadership positions in thinking that are absolutely necessary to for us to be effective as an organization in 2018,” Marshall explained.

    There is also a new employee handbook and a new performance review process.

    Marshall believes all the changes made to transform the front office will make the Dallas Mavericks the standard for diversity and inclusion in the NBA by 2019.

    “We’re very competitive, so we want to be number one around workplace culture. We want to be number one around workforce demographics and everything that has to do with culture transformation,” she said. “And I think by December, and there’s no real hard measurement out there, but I think we'll be seen at the top.”

    Yet there’s one item still left on the check list. It’s the actions Marshall will take once independent investigators hired by Cuban to look into the prior toxic environment finish their report and recommendations are made.

    “Let’s do what we need to do. We trust these investigators. They are very good. They will make recommendations. We will take action on those recommendations,” she said. “That’s one of the only outstanding Items of our 100-day plan, where it says we will take swift action. There will be a leadership call to action, and that call to action is based on what's In that report and what do we need to do swiftly to close this.”

    Marshall was recently in New York to meet with the investigators and get a glimpse of the preliminary findings after 200 interviews and their review of more than a million documents. 

    “I’m still disgusted,” she told NBC 5. “I’m very disappointed at the very environment that these folks (the front office) had to work in.”

    Marshall said once the report is final, she and Cuban will be transparent about the findings.

    “As I said before, Mark was very serious about we're going to change the culture. We're not going to hide and say things didn't happen. And, yes, some of it was many years ago, but we're gonna close it out. We've investigated it. It’s real,” she said.

    As damning as that report may be, Marshall believes getting it out there may bring the closure so many need.

    “These people are so dedicated every day to what they do. And so I want it over for them. We need to be able to just move forward. And, already moved forward,” she said.

    “Most of the people who work in that building had nothing to do with what's in that investigation. Nothing. So this people have been painted with this broad brush that something is very wrong at the Dallas Mavericks. I’m here to tell you there's something very, very right at the Dallas Mavericks, very right at the Dallas Mavericks.”

    And to drive home that point, Marshall shared with NBC 5 her new mission statement for her team: “As true Mavericks, we set the global standard for ultimate fan experiences, unmatched emotional connections and extraordinary workplace culture.”

    “Extraordinary workplace culture. So at some point, my vision is that we will be named on Fortune's Great Place to Work list. That’s my vision. That we will get certified by the great place to work organization in San Francisco and that they will see us, an NBA team, as one of the best places to work. In the world,” she said.

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    <![CDATA[Mark Cuban Cashed Out, Owns Just a Handful of Stocks]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:11:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/markcubanGettyImages-610936138.jpg

    Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban told CNBC on Monday that he's holding much more cash than he normally does because he's concerned about the stock market and U.S debt levels.

    "I'm down to maybe four dividend-owning stocks, two shorts, and Amazon and Netflix. I've got a whole lot of cash on the sidelines," Cuban said on "Fast Money Halftime Report." "[I'm] ready, willing and able if something happens" to invest. 

    Cuban said Amazon and Netflix are his biggest holdings. But he refused to reveal his short positions, the stocks that he's betting against. "I'll keep that to myself."

    "Put aside tariffs, put aside what the president is doing, he's got his reasons," said Cuban, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump as a candidate and as president. "There just no way where you can say, 'I just trust everything that's going on.' And that concerns me." 

    "We borrowed from the future to kind of pump up the current market," said Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Running up the national debt is just as bad as the Federal Reserve continuing historically low interest rates much longer than needed after the 2008 financial crisis, he contended. 

    "If I get a feeling that [economic] growth will continue at 4-plus percent and the debt will then come down, then I'll get back into the market," said Cuban. 

    The "Shark Tank" investor provided no update in Monday's CNBC interview on whether he might run for the White House in 2020. Asked in June whether he's given more thought to running, Cuban told The New York Times via email then, "Yes. But not willing to discuss at this point."

    Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to "Shark Tank," which features Mark Cuban as a panelist.

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Announce 2018-19 Season Schedule]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:46:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks announced their 2018-2019 season schedule, which will kickoff on Oct. 17 at 9:30 p.m. CST. Highlights include:

    • Mavs open up the season on road on ESPN against No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns
    • Home opener will be Oct. 20 against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Mavs appear on ESPN again on the road Oct. 24 against the Atlanta Hawks
    • DeAndre Jordan's return to Los Angeles will be on TNT, when the Mavericks face the Clippers on Dec. 20
    • Other nationally televised games will include a Dec. 13 trip to Phoenix and a March 14 trip to Denver, both on TNT.

    The remainder of the Mavericks 2018-2019 television schedule will be released at a later date.

    Four of the team's last six games will be at the American Airlines Center, with some anticipating those could be Dirk's last NBA games.

    The back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors will visit Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 13. Lebron James' new-look Los Angeles Lakers will make their lone trip to Dallas on Jan. 7.

    Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 214-747-MAVS.

    <![CDATA[Mavs Sign Dallas-Native Jalen Jones After Strong Summer]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:56:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Jalen Jones, who attended Dallas Kimball High School - terms of the deal were not disclosed, in accordance with team policy.

    Jones most recently appeared on the Mavericks summer league team, where he averaged 13 points and nearly 7 rebounds, playing 20 minutes per game.

    He also played in 12 regular season games for the Mavs last season, averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.

    Jones went undrafted in 2016. He played at Texas A&M University, earning All-SEC second team honors as a junior and All-SEC first team honors as a senior, when he averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rbounds in 33 games.

    He was named to the NBA G-League third team and was a G-League All-Star in 2017 for the Maine Red Claws, averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a steal in 36 minutes per game.

    Jones originally enrolled at SMU before transferring to Texas A&M.

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Talks New Teammates Jordan, Doncic]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 22:19:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+080818.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks made an offseason splash, signing big-time free agent center DeAndre Jordan and picking up European star Luka Doncic in a draft-day trade. Mavs' legend Dirk Nowitzki shares his thoughts on what the newcomers will bring to the team.

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    <![CDATA[Devin Harris Back With Mavs for His Third Stint in Dallas]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:03:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/devin-harris-2014.jpg

    Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract.

    The Mavericks announced the deal with the 14-year veteran on Wednesday. His contract is for the veteran minimum.

    Dallas originally acquired Harris from Washington, along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner, in a draft-day trade for Antawn Jamison in June 2004. He played for the Mavericks until getting traded to New Jersey in February 2008, in a deal that brought Jason Kidd to the Mavericks.

    Harris first returned to Dallas as a free agent before the 2013-14 season, and stayed until the Mavericks traded him to Denver last February as part of a three-team deal at the trade deadline.

    The 35-year-old Harris has averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in his 917 career games, including 446 starts. 

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Re-sign Salah Mejri to Help Back Up DeAndre Jordan]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 22:43:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-909003036.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed backup center Salah Mejri, who will join former European teammate and rookie third overall pick Luca Doncic.

    Mejri has spent the past three seasons in Dallas. The 32-year-old Tunisian has career averages of 3.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 168 games. He led the Mavericks in field goal percentage and blocks the past two seasons.

    The 7-foot-1 Mejri will be one of the backups to DeAndre Jordan, who signed with Dallas after opting out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Mavericks added Mejri originally not long after Jordan backed out on a pledge to sign with Dallas in free agency three years ago and stayed with the Clippers.

    Mejri and the 19-year-old Doncic played together briefly with for Spain's Real Madrid. Mejri was a member of the Tunisian national team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Get Center Chinanu Onuaku in Trade With Rockets]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:06:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Chinanu Onuaku from the Houston Rockets for the rights to forward Maarty Leunen.

    The Mavericks also get cash in the trade announced Thursday along with the right to send Houston the 2020 second-round pick they obtained from Golden State in 2016.

    The 6-foot-10 Onuaku was a second-round pick by the Rockets two years ago and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in six career games. The Maryland native played two years at Louisville before turning pro.

    Leunen goes back to the Rockets 10 years after they drafted him in the second round out of Oregon. The native of Washington state has been playing professionally in Turkey, Italy and Germany. Dallas got Leunen from the Clippers last month as part of a deal that sent forward Johnathan Motley to Los Angeles.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Dirk, Dennis Smith and Luka Doncic Shine in #NBADunkWeek]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:58:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The NBA is deep into the offseason, but that does not mean there are not things to celebrate.

    Between first round pick and Euro-phenom Luka Doncic, last year's lottery selection Dennis Smith Jr., and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, there is plenty to look forward to next season.

    In fact, a few Dallas Mavericks made it into the league's Top 100 dunks and handles highlights - and the one's that did not are just as impressive!

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Gives KD Advice on Dealing with Trash-Talking Fans]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 09:47:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/512136100-e1460753726126.jpg

    The saga between Kevin Durant and CJ McCollum reached a crescendo this last week. Forget about their on-court battles, instead the attention was on a discussion the two NBA stars had during McCollum’s podcast during which the Portland Trail Blazers guard talked about Durant joining the Warriors.

    Durant threw shade at McCollum, mentioning that he would be a sixth man on a championship team. The conversation continued on Twitter after media outlets picked up the podcast discussion, and Durant called the Blazers star a snake.

    People gave their takes on the discussion over the course of the week, and media even decided to ask Durant about it directly. The Warriors forward came off a tad defensive — and to be completely honest, wholly unbelievable — and perhaps we thought that was going to be the end of that.

    But it’s the summer, and it’s the time of the year to ask NBA players about the goings-on around them. As such, radio host Dan Patrick asked Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki what he thought about Durant and his penchant for scrapping online.

    Here is what Dirk had to say, via NBC Sports Bay Area:

    “I don’t follow him on Twitter, but obviously it’s tough not to see what’s going on,” Dirk said on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning. “I just think overall and in general, I don’t know why you would get engaged with fans talking trash.

    “I like having fun with it. I get hit up on Twitter every now and then in my mentions. ‘Hey, you’re old, go away. Retire.’ Or something like that. To me, it’s fun. You’re not supposed to be sensitive about it. That’s how I look at it.

    “I’m not sure why KD feels the need to respond to some of the stuff, because, I mean, Twitter is just such a place for tough guys and a lot of hate. I take it with a smile on my face. You can’t take yourself too serious on there.”

    There is no way for Durant to log off at this point. He is too deep, and apparently so concerned with haters online that he once had a burner account. Smart business management would take social media away from him completely, and pay someone $80,000 to follow him around at all times to be his social media person.

    It doesn’t seem like Durant is going to do that, and so we’ll probably still get the kind of content we expect from him moving forward. Nowitzki seems to like it, and so do we. Keep on subtweeting, Kev.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Dancers Will Show Less Skin, Clean-Up Routines]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 22:33:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs-Dancers-DMN-photo-072518.jpg

    No more skimpy uniforms and provocative routines. The Dallas Mavericks announced big changes to their dance squad Wednesday.

    This comes as the Mavs are trying to revamp their image, following a sexual harassment and misconduct scandal in the front office. NBC 5 spoke to young dancers and a former Mavs dancer about the new look.

    Inside Lifesong Studio in Grapevine, young girls are learning the steps to becoming dancers, and young women.

    "Little girls look up to big girls and everything that the big girls do they're trying to emulate and be just like them," said owner Carolyn Franks.

    So, Franks is glad to see some of their biggest role models making big changes.

    "I remember watching when I was little because I wanted to be a dancer and I would kind of get uncomfortable because I was like, "Oh, am I going to have to wear all that?" said 13-year-old Lifesong student Kaley Hudak.

    When the NBA season opens this fall, Mavs dancers won't be wearing the skimpy two piece uniforms of the past and fans won't see some of their more provocative moves either.

    It's part of the 100-day plan new CEO Cynthia Marshall put in place when she took over the organization post-sexual harassment scandal in the corporate offices. She sat down with NBC 5’s Deborah Ferguson in April.

    "We are going to transform," Marshall said at the time. "We are going to have a different culture than the one that was talked about in Sports Illustrated, and I already see that."

    Marshall told NBC 5's media partner at The Dallas Morning News that while the dancers themselves are doing nothing wrong, "we want the focus to be on the dancers as artists and to highlight their skills, not be eye candy or sexualized."

    Hunter Blackwell spent the 2014-2016 seasons as a Dallas Mavericks dancer.

    "I see a correlation," Blackwell said. "I see where they're coming from. But from my standpoint, I feel like we're entertainers. We're here to dance and dance is dance at the end of the day."

    Hunter said dancers work hard to look and move the way they do and she thinks it's up to parents to explain what's age-appropriate.

    "It was never something that I was uncomfortable with doing," Blackwell said. "And I love children, I love the thought of a little girl looking up to me the way I looked up to them and I never felt like I was letting anybody down."

    This is just one piece of CEO Cynthia Marshall's overall plan, focused on a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, mentoring programs for women employees, and hiring more women into leadership positions.

    Marshall also met with the head of the Mavs Maniaacs, the team's male dance squad. She told The Dallas Morning News they also discussed that squad's look.

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    <![CDATA[In Offseason, Nowitzki Re-Signs, Sets Another NBA Record]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:25:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Then-and-Now-1999-2018.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki set another NBA record Monday after the Mavericks announced he's re-signed with the team for his 21st season in Dallas.

    The signing, Nowitzki's 13th re-signing, makes him the only player in NBA history to suit up for a single franchise for 21 seasons.

    He was previously tied for 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Mavericks have not confirmed the details of the deal, but The Dallas Morning News reports it's a 1 year deal worth about $5 million.

    "It's the same amount of money he would have been guaranteed had the Mavericks picked up the second year of the contract Nowitzki signed in 2017. However, for salary cap purposes, they needed to renounce that deal to free up money in free agency. It turned out they didn't need that cash to acquire DeAndre Jordan, so they re-signed Nowitzki to essentially the same deal," the paper said.

    The Dallas Mavericks are celebrating another season of their superstar with the Golden Dirk Bobblehunt - a 10-week interactive scavenger hunt.

    The Dallas Mavericks, in their news release confirming Nowitzki's re-signing, included a list of highlights from Dirk's illustrious 20-year NBA career. That list is below.

    He has guided the Mavericks toward many of the team’s greatest achievements. Nowitzki led Dallas to its first-ever 60-win season in 2002-03, first NBA Finals appearance in 2006, a franchise-high 67 wins in 2006-07 and to the organization’s first World Championship when the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.

    Nowitzki (7-0, 245), the most decorated Maverick in franchise history, is a 13-time NBA All-Star, earned All-NBA Team honors 12 consecutive years (2000-12), was named Most Valuable Player of the 2006-07 season and was MVP of the 2011 NBA Finals. He is a six-time Western Conference Player of the Month, a 16-time Western Conference Player of the Week, has competed in the All-Star Saturday Night Three-Point Contest four times, was the 2014 Magic Johnson Award recipient and was named the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year in 2017.

    The career Maverick holds averages of 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 34.4 minutes in 1,471 games (1,440 starts) and holds the franchise’s top-spot in several categories including points, rebounds, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, blocks, games, starts and minutes.

    In the NBA Playoffs, Nowitzki’s game elevates to average 25.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 40.6 minutes in 145 postseason games (145 starts). He has led the Mavericks to three Western Conference Finals and two NBA Finals while moving into first place in several of the franchise’s postseason categories including points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goals, free throws and games.

    On March 17, 2017, Nowitzki became just the sixth player in NBA history and first international player to register 30,000 career points. He currently sits at 31,187 career points, just 232 points behind the great Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fifth place on the all-time scoring list. Among other all-time NBA lists, he ranks 27th in rebounds, eighth in field goals, 11th in three-point field goals, sixth in free throws, fifth in games and third in minutes.

    Nowitzki has also served as a pioneer for European players becoming the first European-born player to earn First Team All-NBA (04-05), start an All-Star Game (2007, Las Vegas) and be named the MVP (06-07).

    The Wurzburg, Germany, native was the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was acquired through a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks on Oct. 22, 2001. He then signed a contract extension with Dallas on Sept. 26, 2006, re-signed on July 9, 2010, re-signed again on July 15, 2014, re-signed again on July 27, 2016 and re-signed once more on July 6, 2017.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Kickoff Interactive Scavenger Hunt]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:28:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GoldenDirkBobblehunt.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are celebrating another season with superstar Dirk Nowitzki with the Golden Dirk Bobblehunt - a 10-week interactive scavenger hunt.

    The team announced Monday their longtime power forward signed a deal for a record-setting 21st season with the club -- and they want to celebrate accordingly.

    The weekly challenges will lead right up to the kickoff the regular season, with fans earning the opportunity to win a special-edition Golden Dirk Bobblehead.

    And all 10 winners will also gain access to "once-in-a-lifetime Golden Mavs Experiences," according to the team.

    The organization's social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Mavs.com, Mavs mobile app and Mavs email) will hold the clues for how to unlock each golden challenge.

    Each challenge will be posted on Monday morning of each week, starting July 23 and running through September 24. 

    The prizes for each week are themed as follows:

    • Week 1 (July 23) - 1998-99 Rookie
    • Week 2 (July 30) - 2006 Playoffs
    • Week 3 (August 6) – 2007 NBA MVP
    • Week 4 (August 13) – 50-40-90 Season
    • Week 5 (August 20) – 2008 Olympics
    • Week 6 (August 27) 2011 Championship
    • Week 7 (September 3) 2011 Finals MVP
    • Week 8 (September 10) All-Star
    • Week 9 (September 17) 30K Points
    • Week 10 (September 24) Twentieth Season
    In order to partcipate, fans must register online

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    <![CDATA[Nickey Van Exel Opens Up About Murder Conviction]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:35:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Nicky+Van+Exel.jpg

    For the first time since being sentenced to prison for 60 years, Nickey Van Exel, the son of former Dallas Mavericks forward Nick Van Exel, is talking about the night he shot and killed his best friend.

    Van Exel said he was playing with a gun when he accidentally fatally shot his friend Bradley Eyo in 2010. Prosecutors didn't agree with his account, charged him with murder and he was convicted three years later. In an exclusive sit-down interview with NBC 5's Pat Doney, Van Exel said the night he killed his friend still haunts him today.

    Van Exel said he was unaware the gun was loaded, said the shooting was an accident and was surprised to hear that motive used to convict him in the case.

    “It’s nothing like they tried to make it seem. They took it all out of perspective, all out of context,” Van Exel said. “I had played with it before and it was never loaded before … I didn’t know and once I found out, it was too late.”

    Van Exel’s argument was disputed by the prosecution, specifically because his actions following the event were seen as deliberate: he wrapped up Eyo’s body in plastic and dumped it near Lake Ray Hubbard.

    Scott Goldstein covered the case extensively for The Dallas Morning News in 2013. He said Van Exel’s decisions following the incident were confusing at the least.

    "If you accidentally kill your great friend, why would you wrap the body up, drive it, dump, clean up and not tell anyone?" Goldstein said. "It just didn’t make sense."

    Van Exel said he hid the body because he was scared: "It was out of being scared, fear, not knowing what was about to happen. Panic."

    The prosecution disagreed, asking at trial, "Is it panic? Or is it pure evil?"

    The prosecution also argued Van Exel did not show the remorse of someone who made a mistake. He attended a gathering with Eyo’s family, kissing Eyo’s mother on the cheek and saying he would find her son’s killer.

    Van Exel said he was doing what he thought was right amid irrational circumstances.

    "Me doing that, I do love her like a mother … I felt like it was the only way I could be there and grieve with the family," Van Exel said. "I was going to turn myself in. Everybody would know the truth."

    He said he recognizes why that looks so questionable from the outside: "Of course I do."

    Van Exel also explained why he showed little emotion at the trial and when the verdict was read.

    "It's a trait that my mother and father have - not showing much emotion," he said. "Whatever is going through our minds, on the outside you couldn't tell - good or bad."

    At 27, Van Exel will not be eligible for parole until he’s 52 years old. While the minimum is another 25 years in prison, he could spend up to 55 more years behind bars.

    Van Exel said he's not upset about what could have been.

    "I don't place blame because I take full responsibility for my foolish acts, being too careless," he said. "If I had been more focused as that age, I would be where I want to be right now."

    While he acknowledges his guilt, he said his sentence was unfair.

    "I'm guilty of manslaughter at the most," Van Exel said. "I was willing to take that; they never offered it. It's the system."

    “Two families have basically lost their son, brother, one forever and the other for 30 years,” Goldstein said. “You just wonder how that could have happened. Why would he even think to do that to his friend?”

    Bradley Eyo’s mother declined to speak on camera. She said she forgives Nickey, but her life remains forever changed and his remorse cannot change that.

    Van Exel said is waiting for Eyo's family to welcome his apology.

    "Me reaching out, I don't feel like it would do anything," Van Exel said. "All I can do is wait, pray and hope they can find forgiveness in their hearts."

    He offered multiple apologies to Eyo's family throughout the interview.

    "I'm really sorry. There's no words to express it. In this situation, words only go so far," Van Exel said. "I think about showing them, getting out and showing by my actions, not by my words."

    He had one important message he wanted to share with everyone: "Don't play with guns. I'd like to start a movement, a nonprofit organization, for people who have lost loved ones."

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Sign Second-Round Pick Ray Spalding From Louisville]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:28:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-993225408.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks announced Friday they have signed second-round pick Ray Spalding. Terms of the deal were not disclosed as part of team policy.

    Spalding was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 56th overall pick, but his draft rights were acquired by Dallas in exchange for Shake Milton. The 76ers also sent the draft rights to 60th pick Kostas Antetokounpo in the deal.

    Spalding spent three years at the University of Louisville; he averaged 12.3 points (second on team), 8.7 rebounds (led team) and 1.5 steals (led team) 36 games for the Cardinals last season.

    He ranked top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in field goal percentage, rebounding, steals and blocks last season, posting 11 double-doubles.

    The 6-10 forward/center played in all of Dallas' MGM Resorts NBA Summer League games, averaging 8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1 steal in 17 minutes.

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    <![CDATA[Report: Yogi Ferrell Backs Out of Plans to Re-Sign With Mavs]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:33:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    Just when it looked that the Mavericks had Yogi Ferrell coming back, it appears he's had a change of heart.

    According to a Friday morning report by Yahoo's Shams Charania, Ferrell has backed out of plans to re-sign with the Mavs, instead opting to re-enter free agency.

    CLICK HERE for more info from our media partners The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Add Jenny Boucek, Stephen Silas to Coaching Staff]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:16:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-682740208.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have added Jenny Boucek and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches.

    The club made the announcements Wednesday.

    Boucek will be an assistant to the team's basketball staff and will be involved with special projects. Boucek spent last season as a player development coach with the Sacramento Kings, making her the third woman to coach in the NBA. She was an assistant with the WNBA's Seattle Storm when they won championships in 2004 and 2010 and was their head coach from 2015-17. She was the head coach of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09.

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who had her help with Dallas' training camp in 2014, said she "will be involved in wide-ranging basketball assignments."

    The hire comes months after a Sports Illustrated report that indicated Dallas had a hostile workplace for women in the organization, and after the Mavericks hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as CEO.

    Silas spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets and was associate head coach last season. In 2015-16, he helped lead the Hornets to a division-best 48-34 record and the franchise's second playoff appearance in three years. He is heading into his 18th season as an NBA assistant coach.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Jalen Brunson to First-Rounder Style Contract]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:22:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_jalen_brunson2.jpg

    Dallas is excited about the potential of Jalen Brunson.

    The point guard who led Villanova to a national championship last April fell to the 33rd pick in the draft last June, high in the second round, and Dallas traded up a spot to get him from Atlanta. The Mavericks were ecstatic, and to the surprise of nobody they have reached terms on a contract with him.

    What is a bit of a surprise is the Mavericks gave him a first-rounder style contract — four years with some guaranteed money for the first three of them — reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

    At Summer League in Las Vegas Brunson showed the qualities that Dallas liked in him — he’s a high IQ player with polish, and he’s a pass-first floor general — but his weaknesses were also exposed. He has to shoot better (23 percent in Summer League) and his defense needs to improve.

    Both of those can happen, Summer League is more of a chance for teams to benchmark players than make decisions about them. Brunson reportedly has a great work ethic, he can figure the NBA game out.

    Dallas is betting that he will.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Radio Voice Chuck Cooperstein Stops by NBC 5]]>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 22:22:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney+Coop+raw+071518.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein visited NBC 5 to talk about the team's busy offseason acquiring Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan.

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    <![CDATA[Norton Cuban, Father of Mark Cuban, Dies at 92]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:46:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/norton-mark-cuban-david-woo-tdmn.jpg

    Norton Cuban, the father of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has died, the team confirms.

    Nortan Cuban, who moved from Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania to Dallas in 2000 after Mark bought the NBA team, was 92.

    Norton Cuban's cause of death has not been released, but Mark Cuban told The Dallas Morning News last fall that his father was in failing health.

    Brian Cuban, Mark's brother, also confirmed his father's death in a post on Twitter.

    Read more on this report from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs to Implement Council Focused on Diversity & Inclusion]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:26:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are implementing an advisory council (D-MAC), "a collective of leaders in the business community, season ticket holders and corporate partners," which will learn about Dallas Mavericks initiatives and provide input to team management.

    The effort is supposed to show the organization's commitment to inclusion and diversity in the wake of controversy that led it to hire a new team CEO.

    Those controversies include allegations that the workplace was hostile to women, some of which were chronicled in an Sports Illustrated article and follow up inquires by the Dallas Morning News.

    The council will be co-chaired by retired Dallas Chief of Police, David O. Brown, and Sr. Director of Community Relations for the Dallas Mavericks, Katie Edwards.

    "In order to have a more diverse and collaborative work environment, we must surround ourselves with the best of the best in business and in life," said Cynt Marshall, the recently hired CEO of the Dallas Mavericks.

    According to the team, D-MAC will consist of approximately 20 members and meet quarterly, beginning with NBA Media Day, Sept. 21.

    Invitations have gone out to more than two dozen potential members and the list of advisers will be released in August, according to the team.

    For more information on D-MAC, Cynt Marshall and the Mavs organization, visit the newly launched CEO Corner on mavs.com.

    <![CDATA[Doncic Signs Rookie Deal With Mavs for $5.5M in First Year]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 22:37:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/doncic.jpg

    Luka Doncic has signed his rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks that will pay the third overall pick $5.5 million next season.

    The Mavericks announced Monday night that the 19-year-old EuroLeague MVP had signed the deal.

    Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft last month to get the versatile Slovenian guard, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3. The Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal that includes a protected 2019 first-round draft pick going to Atlanta.

    The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Doncic is set to make $6.4 million in his second season with the Mavericks.

    Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. Real Madrid won the 2017-18 EuroLeague title and he was the Final Four MVP.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Esports Team to Visit East Dallas Boys & Girls Club]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:30:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nba_2k_league_logo_global.jpg

    The Mavs Gaming Team, as well as Coach Jonah Edwards, is heading to the Boys & Grils Club East Dallas Branch on Wednesday, June 11, to mix it up with the kids.

    The team will introduce kids to the NBA2K League, the NBA's gaming league (and the first Esports league operated by professional sports league).

    The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and will includes an opportunity for the kids to practice their hoops and their gaming skills with Esports professionals.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Free Agent DeAndre Jordan]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:37:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-883416856.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks announced today they signed free agent center DeAndre Jordan.

    Jordan has previously played with the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season he averaged 12 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 31.5 minutes in all 77 games. He shot .645 from the floor, ranking second in the NBA.

    Jordan, a Texas native, departs the Clippers as the leader in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and games.

    The terms of his deal with the Mavericks were not disclosed.

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks' Jamahl Mosley Selected to Team USA Staff]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:49:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/PHOTO77617581169958454477main.jpg

    USA Basketball has picked its lineup of coaches to assist Gregg Popovich at the men's national team minicamp in Las Vegas this month.

    Of the nine picks, seven are NBA assistant coaches: Golden State's Mike Brown, Miami's Dan Craig, Utah's Alex Jensen, Boston's Jay Larranaga, Dallas' Jamahl Mosley, San Antonio's Ime Udoka and Portland's David Vanterpool.

    The other two slots went to top college head coaches, Villanova's Jay Wright and Gonzaga's Mark Few.

    The camp is July 25-27, with practices on the final two days. It's the first time the national team candidates will be together for a camp in advance of next year's world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    There are 35 players on the 2018-20 national team roster, including 11 who won Olympic gold in 2016.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Sign International Wing Ryan Broekhoff: Yahoo]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:37:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a two-year deal with Australian wing-player Ryan Broekhoff, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.

    The deal is only guaranteed through the first season.

    Broekhoff, 27, played four seasons at Valparaiso University, earning Horizon League Player of the Year honors in 2012.

    Broekhoff went undrafted in 2013, playing overseas in Turkey and Russia the past four years. He also appeared for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team in 2015.

    Broekhoff has appeared for the Australian Men's National Team in several international tournaments.

    He is not expected to participate with the Mavericks in NBA Summer League.

    The Mavs kickoff their summer league season tonight against the Phoenix Suns on ESPN.

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    <![CDATA[DeMarcus Cousins Signs With Warriors, and That’s OK]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:41:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+070318.jpg

    The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are already the league’s best team and now they’ve added one of the best free agents available in big man DeMarcus Cousins. Plenty of people are upset, saying it’s not fair for the other teams, but as NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells us, everyone needs to just chill out.

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    <![CDATA[AP Sources: Jordan Commits Again 3 Years After Jilting Mavs]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 15:27:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Getty-DeAndre-Jordan-070118.jpg

    DeAndre Jordan has committed to the Mavericks again, and the center offered an emoji to prove it three years after he backed out on a deal to join Dallas.

    The Mavericks and Jordan agreed quickly after free agency opened Sunday on a one-year contract at roughly the $24.1 million he was set to make with the Clippers next season, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

    The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until Friday. Jordan opted out of the final year of the deal he signed with Los Angeles when he jilted the Mavericks in 2015.

    The one-year deal gives both sides flexibility beyond next season, but is a sign the Mavericks are tired of rebuilding after consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years. Dallas (24-58) is coming off its first 50-loss season since the last of seven in eight years in 1997-98.

    If Jordan follows through on this agreement, he will leave the team that drafted him 10 years ago so he can play in his home state.

    Set to turn 30 on July 21, Jordan gives the Mavericks a rebounding and shot-blocking presence they've mostly lacked since winning their only title in 2011. Dallas hasn't won a playoff series since then.

    The former Texas A&M standout tweeted a smiley face with a cowboy hat as news of the agreement spread on Twitter. It was a nod to the emoji-driven summertime saga that played out on social media three years ago.

    After getting word that Jordan was wavering on his decision to sign with Dallas, former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a Clippers contingent that went to Jordan's house in his native Houston and stayed with him until the contract was official.

    Former Dallas forward Chandler Parsons was the chief recruiter of Jordan, and part of the wild emoji exchange, so of course he had to weigh in after Jordan's latest decision.

    Circumstances are much different now, with the former All-Stars who helped persuade Jordan to stay no longer around. Chris Paul engineered a trade to Houston last summer, and the Clippers shipped Griffin to Detroit in January in a sign that rebuilding years could be ahead.

    The Mavericks are two years into their own reconstruction with a pair of top 10 picks. Dennis Smith Jr., taken ninth last year, has been joined by another player who will begin his NBA career as a teenager in European standout Luka Doncic.

    Dallas moved up two spots in the draft last week to get the Slovenian guard, who was taken third overall by Atlanta while the Mavericks selected former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks.

    Jordan, who was second in the NBA at 15.2 rebounds per game last season, shores up an area that has long been a weakness for Dallas. Although his blocked shots dropped significantly last season, Jordan gives the Mavericks a rim presence they have coveted.

    The 6-foot-11 Jordan has averaged at least 12 points each of the past three years. He has career averages of 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 10 seasons.

    His arrival would be an odd twist for Dallas fans, who booed him steadfastly in each of his five trips to Dallas after that summertime saga. Jordan's presence also could mean Dirk Nowitzki comes off the bench in what is expected to be his record 21st season with the same franchise.

    Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement -- Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16. Dallas hoped Nerlens Noel could become a significant piece after trading for him at the deadline in 2017. But the sixth overall pick by Philadelphia in 2013 never blossomed.

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    <![CDATA[AP Source: Center Salah Mejri Returning to the Mavericks]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:24:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/522358972.jpg

    A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to bring back center Salah Mejri on a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum of $1.6 million.

    The 32-year-old from Tunisia is set to be one of the backups to DeAndre Jordan, who has agreed with Dallas on a one-year deal. Jordan's contract will be for roughly the $24.1 million he was set to make before opting out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until Friday.

    Mejri has been an intriguing shot-blocker who has provided energy off the bench in three years with the Mavericks. He averaged 3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 12 minutes per game last season.

    Mejri and Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic were teammates with Real Madrid in Spain. The Mavericks traded up two spots in the draft to get Doncic, who was the third overall pick.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Clippers Center DeAndre Jordan Opts Out, Mavs Interested?]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 14:07:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592999676.jpg

    NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will not opt-in to the final year of his contract, making him a free agent - one the Dallas Mavericks are said to covet.

    The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are also rumored to be among the teams interested, but the champs lack the cap space to match the offer Dallas is expected to make.

    According to the NYTimes' Marc Stein, it may cost the Warriors nearly as much in luxury tax as the Mavs could offer the vaunted bigman. That price tag is for the Warriors to pay Jordan just $5.3 million; the Mavs have nearly $30 million in cap space.

    This comes just three years after the Mavs reportedly had a verbal agreement with the Texas A&M product, before several members of the Clippers organization, including coach Doc Rivers and players Chris Paul and Paul Pierce, reportedly surrounded Jordan in his home until he signed a contract.

    The Mavs are expected to target Jordan after trading for European star Luka Doncic.

    Before Jordan opted out, several reporters around the league rumored a trade for Jordan might be in the works, especially after the Clippers acquired Wizards center Marcin Gortat.

    With the hope that their 2017 first round pick (top-5 protected), which they traded for Doncic, will convert to the Atlanta Hawks next season, there is little incentive for the team to tank.

    Few other teams have been rumored to be as interested in Jordan as the Mavericks, but as they learned, nothing is set in stone until he signs on the dotted line.

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    <![CDATA[What it Will Take for the Mavericks to Land DeAndre Jordan]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:51:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_talks_latest_on_deandre_jordan_to_mavs.jpg

    The Mavericks are interested in bringing center DeAndre Jordan to Dallas, and reports are that Jordan is interested, again, in coming to town. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells us what needs to happen to get this deal done.]]>
    <![CDATA[Will the Mavs Make Another Run at Center Deandre Jordan?]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 20:55:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_TALKS_ABOUT_DEANDRE_JORDAN_POSSIBLE_RETURN.jpg

    The Mavericks thought they had NBA big man Deandre Jordan locked up, only to have Jordan spurn them at the last minute. But the Mavericks are in the market again for a center. Could the Mavs test those free agent waters again? NBC 5's Newy Scruggs thinks they should.]]>
    <![CDATA[Grading the Mavericks Draft and What About a Big Man?]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 21:55:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_and_jacques_discuss_mavericks_draft.jpg

    NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs and Jean-Jacques Taylor grade the recent Mavericks draft. They also discuss what the team should do in free agency and which big man makes the most sense for this team.

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    <![CDATA[Dirk to Doncic: Mavs Tap Brakes on Inevitable Comparisons]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:28:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-158347883.jpg

    Luka Doncic didn't get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft.

    For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that's progress based on his last experience of getting a tender-aged European in hopes of lifting the Mavericks out of the doldrums.

    Twenty years later, Dirk Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history. Back then, the big German wasn't remotely comparable to Larry Legend -- and his rough first two years proved it.

    So ask Nelson about a player the Mavericks clearly coveted heading into the draft in Doncic, and he'll choose his words carefully regarding the 19-year-old from Slovenia. Doncic won't turn 20 until after the All-Star break of his rookie season, which is expected to be Nowitzki's record 21st with one franchise.

    "Dirk and I had a long talk coming in," Nelson said about the player Dallas drafted days after his 20th birthday in 1998.

    "We're obviously very excited to have (Doncic) but he's got a very tough road ahead of him. Dirk wasn't done any favors in his first two years. We are going to steer away from any of those comparisons. Luka is his own guy. He's got his own challenges."

    Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a few international names in trying to describe the versatility Dallas thinks is offered by the 6-foot-7 Doncic, who won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win the title just days before the draft.

    After offering comparisons to the late Drazen Petrovic, three-time champion Toni Kukoc and longtime San Antonio star Manu Ginobili, Carlisle stopped.

    "I really feel it's important that we shouldn't try to compare this guy to anybody," Carlisle said Friday during an introductory news conference that included Doncic and second-round pick Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in three years at Villanova. "Let him be himself. Let his game takes its own form."

    Doncic figures to shape the future of the Mavericks in some form with Dallas coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the second of Nowitzki's two difficult years at the start of his career.

    Those 1990s-era Mavericks had 10 straight losing seasons. Combine the drafting of Doncic with last year's ninth overall pick in point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and a still-young leading scorer in Harrison Barnes, and Carlisle expects the losing to stop soon, if not this coming season.

    "Last night was symbolic to me that it was kind of a defining moment in this rebuild," said Carlisle, who had just one losing season as a coach before the current Dallas slide. "We're going propel forward with the idea that we've got to start winning games."

    Just as he did last year with Smith, Carlisle is declaring Doncic a starter, which means the opening night lineup will have a teenager for the second straight year. Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday.

    Another explanation was an unusually large number of undrafted players, including a young German in Maxi Kleber who grew up watching his countryman become the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP.

    The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since taking their only title in 2011, and have missed the postseason three of the past six seasons coming off a 12-year playoff streak. Doncic might only get one chance to get Dallas back on track with Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star who has hinted that 40 is a nice round number as a retirement age.

    If this is it for Nowitzki, Nelson sees a trio in Barnes, Smith and Doncic that reminds him of Michael Finley mentoring Nowitzki and point guard Steve Nash and helping the Mavericks end a 10-year playoff drought in 2001.

    "Michael Finley was our Harrison Barnes back in the day," Nelson said. "We feel like we've got that here in a different form. There's just some really cool elements to this that take me back and remind me about what it was like 20 years ago when we were watching these young guys."

    Just don't remind Nelson about the Nowitzki-Bird comparisons.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce First Round Draft Pick Luka Donci]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:49:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/doncic.jpg

    The Mavericks introduced their new first round draft pick at the American Airlines center Friday afternoon. Today, Luka Doncic and his family and friends arrived at the AAC to show off his new #77 Mavs jersey and to talk about team expectations.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Draft Picks Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:25:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_introduce_draft_picks.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki. On Friday they introduced Euro phenom Luka Doncic and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Luka Doncic Friday]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:08:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-introduction.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.

    Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a protected first-round pick to Atlanta.

    The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise's only championship in 2011.

    The big German is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history and one of seven overall with at least 30,000 points. The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee.

    The 19-year-old Doncic will be his teammate, with Nowitzki expected to become the first player in league history to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise.

    Nowitzki, who was in the draft room with the Mavericks two nights after celebrating his 40th birthday, quickly greeted his fellow European on Twitter, and Doncic replied in kind.

    "He's a great leader, a great person," Doncic said of the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP. "I'm just really happy to be part of his career. I just want to learn so much about him."

    Doncic arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested.

    "I've been talking to Dallas a lot," Doncic said. "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship."

    At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic averaged about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists during Real Madrid's championship season. As with Nowitzki 20 years ago, the question is how his game will translate to the NBA.

    "This kid has won everything there is to win in European and international basketball and he's done it at an age that's unprecedented," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm not sure what position he is. I think his position is on the floor, making plays and making people better."

    Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. He teamed with Miami's Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to a surprising gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. His father, Sasa Doncic, played professionally for 15 years.

    The Mavericks made the move for Doncic a year after drafting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick, giving Dallas a chance to have one of the NBA's youngest backcourts depending on where Doncic lands in the rotation. Carlisle said he sees Doncic as a starter.

    "He's the kind of player that is going to be able to play with virtually anybody," Carlisle said. "He just has the skill set and an understanding and a feel for the game. He's a great shooter, so he creates space for other players, which is really going to help Dennis."

    President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson played a big role in Nowitzki coming to Dallas, and remembers a rough first couple of seasons for the 13-time All-Star. So he's taking a guarded approach with Doncic for now.

    "Luka is his own guy," Nelson said. "He's got his own challenges. It's not going to be quick. He's got a very unique skill set. Anyone who can make his teammates better, shoot the long ball, get to the paint, he's going to be a pretty darn good asset for the Mavericks for years to come."

    The Mavericks took another guard with the 33rd overall pick in the second round, getting Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in his three years at Villanova. The reigning Associated Press player of the year averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists in his final season.

    Dallas swapped picks late in the second round with Philadelphia and got Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was the 60th and final pick of the draft.

    The 76ers got former SMU guard Shake Milton, who was the 55th choice. Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.

    <![CDATA[Mavs Pick National Champ With 2nd Pick in Draft]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_TALKS_ABOUT_MAVERICKS_SECOND_PICK_BRUNSON.jpg

    The Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic in a draft day trade, but also added another quality player in former Villanova Wildcat Jalen Brunson, NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs talks about what he likes about this pick up]]>
    <![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jeff 'Skin' Wade Talk Doncic Move]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:40:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney-skin-wade-doncic-web.jpg

    NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jeff "Skin" Wade from 105.3 The Fan talk about the major DFW sports scene shakeup with the Mavericks acquiring Luka Doncic.]]>
    <![CDATA[Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney Talk Mavs Draft]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:42:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Scruggs_and_Pat_Doney_Talk_Mavs_Draft.jpg

    Several media members have reported that Atlanta and Dallas reached the deal during the draft.]]>
    <![CDATA[NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs Talks to DMNs Eddie Sefko]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:42:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NBC_5_Sports_Director_Newy_Scruggs_Talks_to_DMNs_Eddie_Sefko.jpg

    The Mavericks have once again looked overseas to try to find their next superstar. They did it with a then 19 year old DirK Nowitzki and now Luka Doncic, the Euro star who at 19 has won just about every international award out there. NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs and The Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko discuss what this means for this team’s future]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Acquire Luka Doncic From Atlanta]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:14:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donciclukaeyes.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks traded a protected 2019 first round pick and swapped current draft selections with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Euro basketball phenom Luka Doncic.

    Several media members reported that Atlanta and Dallas reached the deal during the draft.

    The Mavericks drafted Villanova guard Jalen Brunson and SMU guard Shake Milton with their two second round picks, 33rd and 54th respectively.

    Luka Doncic, seen as the top prospect by some analysts, has been rumored to be a desired asset for numerous NBA teams. When reports began to surface that he may fall beyond the first two draft picks, the Mavericks were said to be one of his top suitors.

    It was previously believed that he may fall to the Mavs, who held the 5th overall pick before swapping with Atlanta; however, teams reportedly began making calls to Atlanta and Memphis about trading up to acquire him or other prospects.

    But the Mavs made the move and landed Doncic; and he seems excited about it.

    [This story will continue to be updated throughout the draft.]

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Celebrates His 40th Birthday in Style]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:08:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-933711736.jpg

    If you did not hear, yesterday was Dirk Nowitzki's 40th birthday; and despite DFW's best efforts, no one celebrated harder than Dirk.

    However, he made sure to give special thanks to some of the important people in his life, including the Mavs' Director of Player Development.

    And Dirk made sure he got in on the laughs, too. He reminded everyone that despite his two decades in Dallas, he's always going to be "straight outta Wurzburg (Germany)".

    He also had some special non-sports guests attend his birthday bash, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, also known as Jazz from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    Check out DJ Jazzy Jeff's clip of his birthday party performance with rapper Busta Rhymes. However, we'd like to warn you, you will see Dirk dancing and hear some NSFWs, both may be considered alarming.

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    <![CDATA[Happy 40th Birthday Dirk! My, How You've Changed]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:58:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+DIRK+NOW.gifDirk Nowitzki turns 40 on June 19, 2018 -- he joined the Dallas Mavericks at age 19, and my how he's changed through the years!

    Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Should Only Draft 1 of 3 Players: Newy Scruggs]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:23:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-michael-porter-jr-marvin-bagley-luka-doncic.jpg

    Last year, I was all about the Mavericks drafting Dennis Smith, Jr. If you think I'm not being truthful just click on this link from June 2017.

    Smith was named to the NBA's second All-Rookie Team. In a bad season for the Mavs, the rookie from NC State was one of the bright spots.

    Smith averaged 15 points and almost five assists a game. You know he was a solid pick because all New York Knicks fans do is complain about how Phil Jackson messed up drafting Frank Ntilikina over Smith, Jr. last year. 

    "I think he's come a lot further than I expected," said owner Mark Cuban to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. "He's learning when to slow and when to go. One time he dunks it, one time he passes it to the corner. His court vision is 10 times better than we expected. The only thing he's improving on, but needs to get better is taking too many step-back 2-pointers. But he's come so far - leaps and bounds."

    So what should the Mavs do at number five in the 2018 NBA Draft?

    The better NOT draft Michael Porter, Jr. with all those medical questions. I don't care if he has star potential if healthy, the Mavs need a safe solid pick. 

    Here’s my wish list:

    Luka Doncic
    The kid is 19!! NIneteen and he has been a star playing against grown men in the ACB League, EuroLeague and international competition since he was 16. I can see Doncic and Smith, Jr. playing off each other in the backcourt. I think they could be a killa-combo fans will enjoy watching. Rick Carlisle would have a fun time coming up with offensive sets for Doncic and Smith. 

    I once thought Doncic was a lock for the Sacramento Kings at number two but now we are hearing rumblings they may go with Marvin Bagley III of Duke.

    Woj on ESPN.com says the Mavs want Doncic.

    Jaren Jackson, Jr.
    I know he worked out for the Mavericks and left them excited about his talent. That said, I would be shocked if Jackson is there at five. The kid is 18-years-old and is a two-way player who can block shots. He played at Michigan State for Tom Izzo and the Spartans have a nice track record of NBA pros.

    Did I mention is he is 18?

    That's big to me because he is only scratching the surface of what he can do. I was told by a source with the Mavericks his timing and length on blocked shots is hard to come by. I know JJJ detractors about his offensive production at MSU, but the Mavericks will draft him and go to work on that part of his game.

    He is an intriguing prospect as a 40 percent shooter from three (80 percent at the free throw line) who can also block shots and switch screens. Is he the most complete big man in the draft?

    Mo Bamba
    The Mavs need an anchor on defense. They won the 2011 NBA title with Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood anchoring the defense. Last season, they were hoping Nerlens Noel would step up and take the role. He flopped. Time to move on.

    Bamba would be a darn fine pick at five. Former Dallas Observer columnist, John Gonzalez, is now working for theringer.com and he wrote an in-depth piece on Bamba. I won't call him Joel Embiid 2.0, but with a 7-10 wingspan and a thirst to get better, maybe Bamba can be a Baby Embiid.

    If the Mavericks are smart they will listen to me again. If not, then get mad. 

    Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Draft Preview with Nick Neppach of 105.3 The Fan]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:06:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-and-Neppach-061718.jpg

    NBC 5's Pat Doney and Nick Neppach of 105.3 The Fan discuss who the Dallas Mavericks should target and who they should avoid in Thursday's NBA draft.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Harper on Potential Mavs-Grizzlies Draft Trade]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:58:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_and_harper_on_mavs_grizzlies_potential_trade.jpg

    Former Mavericks star and current Mavs color commentator Derek Harper joined NBC 5’s Pat Doney on the radio show “J-Dub City” on 103.3 ESPN Radio to discuss a reported potential trade between the Mavericks and Grizzlies that includes Memphis’s number four overall pick in the NBA Draft.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs JJ Barea Wins PBWA Citizenship Award]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:11:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Barea_celebra_su_familia_y_su_juego_2.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has won the 2017-2018 J. Walter Kennedy Award, awarded annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA) to a player, coach or team trainer "who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community."

    Barea was selected from five finalists - Carmelo Anthony, OKC; Kevin Durant, GSW; James Harden, Houston; and Dwyane Wade, Miami - who were chosen by a committee of PBWA members from a list of 25 nominees submitted by NBA teams. The winner, Barea, was determined by the votes of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA on a regular basis for professional publications and websites.

    Barea, a 12-year veteran, is being honored for his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, in response to Hurricane Maria. Barea was born and raised in Mayaguez, PR, and married his wife, Viviana Ortiz, on the island in 2016.

    His family, including his parents, lives on the island and were among those affected by the storm, which hit land back in Sept. 2017.

    A 12-year NBA veteran, Barea is being honored for his swift and sustained response to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Barea married his wife, Viviana Ortiz, on the island in August 2016. His parents and other family members live in Puerto Rico and were among those affected by the September storm.

    “J.J. Barea’s impassioned and tireless efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico are inspiring and should spur us all to contribute in our own communities,” said PBWA President Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. “PBWA members salute J.J., his fellow finalists and fellow nominees for their outstanding and heartfelt work.”

    Barea coordinated a handful of trips to the island and worked with partners in North Texas to deliver generators, food, water, clothing, medical supplies and other necessities. He even borrowed the Mavericks' team plane from Mark Cuban to facilitate the delivery process.

    Barea helped provide more than 100,000 lbs. of supplies, organize financial support for families, and has personally raised nearly $500,000 and launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com that has generated nearly $270,000.

    Barea also worked with the Mavs to donate 100 percent of all single-game ticket sales from their Oct. 25 game against the Memphis Grizzlies, which raised an additional $114,000.

    His own foundation - the J.J. Barea Foundation - which offers economic assistance to nonprofit entities in Puerto Rico, partnered with the world's leading station-free bike-sharing company to donate 600 bikes to help with transportation on the island. After the bikes were shipped to Puerto Rico and assembled by his foundation, the bikes were distributed among the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico and communities along the Martín Peña Channel.

    Barea averaged career high in points and assists this season, on top of his humanitarian efforts. He also won a championship with Mavericks over the Miami Heat in 2011.

    Previous winners of the JWK Award include LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Steve Nash.

    <![CDATA[Harrison Barnes Surprises Youngsters at Mavs Basketball Camp]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:50:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Barnes-Mavs-bball-camp-061118.jpg

    Since it began 25 years ago, the Dallas Mavericks Summer Hoop Camp has created lasting memories for young basketball players. On Monday, some campers got a special surprise from a current Maverick.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[#MavsCentral: Looking Back at Dennis Smith's Top Plays]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 10:04:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-dunk.jpg

    The NBA Draft is just 10 days away and for most teams that means putting last season behind them.

    After all, it seems everyone could use some help catching up to the Golden State Warriors.

    Dennis Smith Jr., the Dallas Mavericks' first top-10 pick in almost two decades, showed this season how the draft can lay the foundation for a better future. Smith earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors after finishing top five in scoring and assists for rookies - Smith also finished 11th in rebounding.

    In the upcoming draft, the Mavericks are expected to target a front court player to pair with Smith's elite athleticism and combo guard ability - though rumors of trading the pick have emerged.

    Assuming the Mavs keep the pick, Smith and his running-mate will be learning from NBA champions Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and a likely future Hall of Fame coach, in Rick Carlisle.

    But only time will tell.

    Until then, enjoy these highlights of the Dallas Mavericks most recent lottery pick, along with the rest of the 2017-2018 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, as you gear up for the NBA draft (skip to the "2:40 mark for the good stuff):

    And, if that's not enough, you can watch highlights of the All-Rookie First Team:

    Fun Fact: Smith likely would have been a first-team selection if it only included first-year players. But that discussion is for another day, just ask the NBPA Rookie of the Year, Donovan Mitchell:

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    <![CDATA[Texas' Mohamed Bamba Makes His Case to be the Top Pick]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 07:41:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bamba-young-us.jpg

    Mohamed Bamba could be the next Rudy Gobert, and that's why he's expected to go very high in the NBA draft.

    The towering 7-footer from Harlem, who played his one collegiate season at Texas, worked out individually with Phoenix on Saturday, the third player to do so this week as the Suns weigh their options with the No. 1 overall pick this month in the NBA draft.

    Deandre Ayton worked out Wednesday and Marvin Bagley III on Friday.

    "Mo had a really good workout," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. "His wingspan, his standing reach, is off the charts. His ability to protect the rim I think will be elite at the NBA level, in addition to his ability to rebound the ball. Another thing that stood out to us in his workout today is we can tell he's been working on his shooting."

    Bamba has been working with noted shooting coach Drew Hanlen and has made significant changes to his form.

    McDonough described Bamba's old form as "a slingshot" approach with the ball released far behind the shooter's head.

    Bamba said the changes have "made like a night-and-day difference in just my mechanics, getting the ball off smoother and having softer landing on the rim."

    "My makes are all net and my misses are landing very soft and long instead of short," he said.

    Bamba has a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the largest ever recorded at the NBA combine. McDonough said Bamba's highest vertical jump was 12 1-2 feet, "which is crazy."

    As for the comparison with Gobert, the shot-blocking center of the Utah Jazz, McDonough said "honestly I think at 20 years old he's ahead of where Rudy was."

    "Now Rudy's made tremendous strides over the last three or four years," McDonough said. "The question for Mo is can he fill out his body the way Rudy has. But in terms of measurements, they're similar. In terms of the willingness and desire to anchor a defense and protect the rim, they're similar. I think Mo probably is a little more mobile at the same age and Rudy is probably stronger, more physically developed at the same age."

    Bamba loves the comparison.

    "He just changed the geometry of the game," Bamba said. "When he's not blocking the shot, he's in the back of your mind."

    McDonough calls Bamba "a super-bright guy, one of the smarter guys I've seen in the last 10 or 15 years come through the pre-draft process."

    Bamba believes that intelligence will serve him well in the NBA.

    "I have the natural ability to pick things up a lot faster than I think most people would," he said, "and I think I've shown that in the workout that we did today. ... IQ is really big. It's something that you really want to have on and off the court and it takes your game to the next level for sure."

    Bamba weighs 234 pounds.

    "He's super-long but he's thin so he needs to add some length to his body, especially the lower body," McDonough said. "But I think from day one he'll be able to step on the court and impact games defensively, block shots, rebound and then be an over-the-top lob threat and then build the rest of his game out from there."

    Bamba said he is working out for other teams but didn't want to identify them. He's been rumored to be a top target for many teams, including the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. 

    Ayton said the Suns were the only team he's working out with. Bagley planned to work out with Sacramento and Atlanta, teams with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively, in the June 21 draft.

    Ayton said he knows he will be the No.1 pick. Bagley said he, not Ayton, deserves to be - the two were high school teammates for a brief period.

    Bamba was more diplomatic.

    "Everyone feels entitled to it, but I have no entitlement to it," he said. "It's something that obviously I worked my butt off for and my whole thing is to put it in very short sentences -- I do more and I require less. The Suns are more than a perfect fit for me."

    Many question if any of the three will be available when the Mavs select at 5.

    The NBA Draft is less than two weeks away; it will take place on June 21 in Brooklyn.

    The Mavericks have the 5th, 33rd and 54th overall picks heading into the draft. The team is expected to build around last year's draft pick, Dennis Smith, Jr., and Harrison Barnes.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Cuban Invites Santa Fe Shooting Survivors to Celebrity Game]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 07:56:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARK_CUBAN_AGAIN.jpg

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban discusses why he paid for several survivors from the recent shooting in Santa Fe, Texas to attend Dirk Nowitzki's "Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game" in Frisco.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Heroes Baseball Game Honors Sante Fe Survivors]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:19:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_interview_at_baseball_classic.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game was held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco Friday night. Lots of big time celebs coming out to play. But the stars of the show may have been three young men from Santa Fe, Texas. NBC 5's Paul Jones has the story.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Hosts 7th Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game for Charity]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:29:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_interview_at_baseball_classic.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki is hosting his 7th Heroes Celebrity baseball game - the 17th overall - at Dr. Pepper Ballpark Friday night.

    Tickets are on sale for as little as $9.

    The game starts at 7 p.m.

    Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

    Tickets can be bought online or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call opens at 10 a.m. Friday.

    ONLINE: Buy tickets

    <![CDATA[105.3 The Fan: Mavs Mock Draft Round-Up]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:43:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The 2018 NBA Draft is just around the corner, and new mocks are dropping daily. The Dallas Mavericks are drafting number 5 overall, and it seems they will have a few great options with the pick.

    105.3 The Fan compiled a list of the internet's most popular mock drafts to save you some time, and to get you more acquainted with who might taking the court with the Mavs next season.

    CLICK HERE to read more from our partners at 105.3 The Fan

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    <![CDATA[Sources: Mavericks Suspend Supervisor of ‘Pants DJ']]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:59:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN1.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks quietly have begun a major front office shakeup.

    Senior vice president of ticket sales and services George Prokos has been suspended, multiple sources said Friday. Prokos supervised the former employee co-workers referred to as 'Pants DJ' because of the way he rubbed himself as he viewed pornography in the workplace, according to an investigation by The Dallas Morning News.

    Prokos, who declined to comment when reached Friday, had been with the organization for 18 years and has been a friend of owner Mark Cuban's since before he bought the Mavericks in 2000.

    Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Employee Watched Porn in Office, Co-Workers Say]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 22:32:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN.jpg

    His co-workers called him "Pants DJ." He would sit at his desk in the Dallas Mavericks ticket sales office, stare at pornographic images on his cellphone or computer and rub himself below his belt line.

    He'd often call co-workers over to show them pictures on his phone that he'd taken of women in lingerie, topless or naked. He once dropped a used condom onto the office floor.

    This pattern of behavior, described by seven current and former Mavericks employees who spoke to The Dallas Morning News on the condition of anonymity, continued for six years despite a warning from owner Mark Cuban that he stop viewing pornography on his office computer.

    Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Takes Stage With Timberlake in Dallas]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 16:49:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Timberlake-052818.jpg

    While the Dallas Mavericks' 2017-18 season may not have lasted into May, that didn't stop Dirk Nowitzki from making an appearance at the American Airlines Center Sunday.

    During Sunday night's Justin Timberlake concert at the arena, the 7-foot-tall career-long Maverick walked onstage carrying a tray of shots. Nowitzki proceeded to pass them out to Timberlake and his band.

    In the video of the occasion, posted on the Mavericks' Twitter page, Timberlake said he and Nowitzki have known each other since early in Timberlake's solo career.

    "This guy came to see me when I did my first show here, years and years ago, Timberlake told the crowd. "And after the show he was like, 'Why you did not close with 'Rock Your Body?'' I said, 'That's good advice, Dirk. Why you don't got no ring yet?' But then the rest is history."

    "Justified," Timberlake's first solo album, came out in 2002 - nearly a decade before the Mavericks beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals to give Dallas its first and only title.

    Timberlake went on to give shout outs to his keyboard player and one of his dancers, who he said are both from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, before the entire group raised a glass to Nowitzki.

    Nowitzki confirmed in April that he will return to the Mavericks for his 21st season with the team in 2018-19. Timberlake will play a second show at the American Airlines Center Monday night, and return again in January 2019 for another visit.

    Photo Credit: Associated Press
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    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. Makes NBA Rookie Team]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 20:09:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-fox-deaaron.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. made the NBA All-Rookie team. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks about Smith’s season and why the Mavericks have another chance to make a big splash in the draft.

    Photo Credit: James Ham]]>
    <![CDATA[Newy and JJT’s Mavericks Dream Pick At Number 5]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 22:52:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy-and-JJT-Mavs.jpg

    Who should the Mavs take fifth overall in the June NBA Draft? Newy & JJT make the dream pick for Dallas. JJT is dreaming big. Newy is practical.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Breaking Down the Mavericks Options in the NBA Draft]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 11:50:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-and-Skin-052018.jpg

    NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jeff 'Skin' Wade of 105.3 The Fan break down the prospects they think will be on the board when the Dallas Mavericks pick fifth in the NBA Draft.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Will Pick 5th In NBA Draft]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 20:11:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-932929778.jpg

    The Mavericks just can’t win the NBA Lottery. Chin up Mavs fans. It’s time to get over the fact the club went from having the third best chance to win the Lottery to picking fifth in June.

    The fifth pick in the NBA Draft has produced Hall of Famers, NBA Champions, All Stars and Olympic Champions such as Dwyane Wade, Charles Barkley, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Demarcus Cousins, Mitch Richmond and a guy I covered in high school in South Carolina, Ray Allen.

    The early mock drafts I checked out have the Mavericks selecting 7-footer Mo Bamba from Texas. His wingspan makes him 7-9. Bamba helped lead the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament and averaged at double-double. He was the Big 12 Conference leader in double-doubles with 15. He’s also a very good shot blocker. In fact Bamba had 111 blocked shots, a school record.

    Gary Parrish of CBS Sports wrote, “Bamba, at worst, projects as a menace on the defensive end of the court — where his 7-9 wingspan should allow him to alter shots at an elite level and rebound well. But he’s not just a defensive player. There’s also potential on the offensive end — even if it’s a work in progress, at the moment.”

    John Gonzalez of The Ringer wrote a longform story on how Bamba has been working with Drew Hanlen to take his game to an elite level. Halen is trying to get him to model his future NBA game after Sixers All Star Joel Embiid. In fact, Embiid and Bamba have become good friends with Bamba been driven to several NBA games by Embiid.

    I had a good conversation with Rob Dauster of collegebasketballtalk.com on my national NBC Sports Radio show after the lottery about Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson, Jr. of Michigan State and Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr. He's got his podcast of the NBA Mock Draft. Dauster has the Mavs drafting Bamba.

    Jackson and Porter have been linked to the Mavs in mock draft. Coming off that back surgery the Mavs will have to depend on their medical team to give them the green light to draft Porter.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Inside The Life Of A Mavs Gamer]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:56:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    Mavs Gaming Season gets started May 11th. But it's more than just fun and games, this is serious business.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks, Bulls Win Tiebreakers for Draft Lottery Position]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 13:33:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls have won tiebreakers to put them in better position ahead of the NBA draft lottery.

    The Mavericks won a tiebreaker with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday after they shared the NBA's third-worst record at 24-58. Dallas gets a 13.8 percent chance to win the lottery and Atlanta at 13.7, and should neither team move up, the Mavericks would pick one spot higher in the draft.

    Chicago and Sacramento both finished 27-55. They will have the same odds in the lottery, but the Bulls will be sixth and the Kings seventh if nobody jumps ahead of them and neither moves up in the lottery.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Aging Nowitzki, Young Smith Want Mavs To Be Relevant Again]]>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:57:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-talk-end-of-season-tuesday.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki plans to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same NBA franchise.

    Dennis Smith Jr. will be half the German star's age when the Dallas Mavericks open next season looking to end the first two-year playoff drought in nearly two decades. The team posted its worst record since 1997-98, the year before Nowitzki arrived.

    The No. 9 overall pick who turned 20 early in what ended up as a solid rookie season, Smith figures to have a new teammate facing high expectations the way he did. Dallas will pick no lower than seventh in June.

    Smith will have at least one thing in common with Nowitzki, who turns 40 this summer. They want the Mavericks to be regulars in the postseason again, the way they were before the current swoon.

    "I've been in a couple of arenas that are playoff teams, and I just witnessed the atmosphere," Smith said. "I can only imagine how it is playoff time."

    It's certainly better than 24-58, tied with Atlanta for the league's third-worst record. Youth, injuries and a difficult schedule buried the Mavericks early for the second straight year.

    They spent the last half of the season wondering where they would fall in the lottery, and owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for suggesting that Dallas had been tanking for two seasons. Part of Cuban's point was that he'd had enough of that approach.

    "We do not want to go back to what we just experienced," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "That's unanimous, from the top on down. When you go through retooling or rebuilding situations like we're going through now, it's done with the right people."

    For Nelson, two of those three people are in place in Smith and leading scorer Harrison Barnes. The third is coming in the draft. Nelson compared the situation to when he joined his dad, former coach and general manager Don Nelson, in Dallas 20 years ago. Michael Finley was already there. Steve Nash and Nowitzki were on the way.

    The Mavericks made the playoffs 15 out of 16 years starting in 2001, winning their first championship in 2011. They haven't won a playoff series since.

    "We're certainly hoping that we're not in the early stages of a rebuild," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We want to get through this as expeditiously as possible. But there's no way you can skip steps."

    Things to consider after the first 50-loss season for Dallas since the last of seven in an eight-season stretch in the 1990s:

    DIRK FOR 22?

    Surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle ended Nowitzki's season a few games early, but after he had set a record for games in a 20th season with 77. He has had a season-to-season approach for several years now.

    "I'm hoping the ankle will be tons better than this year," said Nowitzki , who figures to pass Wilt Chamberlain on the career scoring list but get passed by LeBron James to leave him where he is now -- sixth place. "It's hard for me at this point to commit further than one year or say one year's it."


    J.J. Barea has a year left on his contract after averaging career highs of 11.6 points and 6.3 assists per game. Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry have expiring contracts, but the Mavericks figure to be interested. Ferrell proved to be a solid role player on a two-year deal earned after a flashy start on a 10-day contract last season. Dallas had high hopes for Curry, but the younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry missed the season with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.


    The Dallas roster was loaded with undrafted and/or G League players, and Carlisle has been praised for the development of some of those younger players. Now it's time to replace projects with weapons.

    "Getting Rick ammunition is our No. 1 priority in the offseason," Nelson said. "We've got a great opportunity in the draft. Free agency as you know will be extremely active. There's trade fronts obviously that will be probed as well."


    There was no mention of center Nerlens Noel on the final day of interviews. Suspended the final five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, Noel never developed into the post player Dallas envisioned after getting him at the trading deadline last season. After a lost season on a one-year deal as a restricted free agent, he hits the open market with little or no value.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Plan to Rebound]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:51:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONNIE_NELSON_ON_MAVS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208694851541.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are experiencing some hard times. General Manager Donnie Nelson talks about the team and their plans to rebuild the organization.]]>
    <![CDATA[Carlisle Talks About the Mavericks Rough Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:50:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_MAVS_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208682563859.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks finished the season with a 24-58 record. Coach Rick Carlisle talks about what the team needs to do going forward, how Dennis Smith Jr. can evolve into a leader for the club and what the organization is looking to in the draft.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dennis Smith Jr. Talks About his Successful Rookie Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:48:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DENNIS_SMITH_JR_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208674883734.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. took major strides in his rookie season, he talks about his 1st season and what he's looking forward to in his sophomore campaign.]]>
    <![CDATA[Harrison Barnes Looking Ahead to Next Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:46:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HARRISON_BARNES_ON_MAVS_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208621635890.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes had another solid season despite the team missing the playoffs. He discusses what the team needs to do next season to get over the hump.]]>
    <![CDATA[Suns Top Mavs as Reserves Rule for Lottery Teams]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:59:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Alec Peters missed his last four shots after the Phoenix rookie had more than quadrupled his career high, at one point turning toward Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and saying, "I'm tired."

    It will be a night to remember anyway in a forgettable season for both teams.

    Peters scored 36 points, 28 more than his previous best, and the Suns beat the Mavericks 124-97 on Tuesday night in a reserve-filled finale for teams headed to the lottery.

    "I looked over at coach Carlisle and he was looking at me wide-eyed and I'm like, I'm exhausted right now," said Peters, who bounced back and forth from the G League most of the season. "I know I missed a layup at the end. I'm not going to fret over it too much. Cool night for sure."

    The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and stayed that way while sitting eight players. That included star Dirk Nowitzki, whose 20th season ended last week when he had ankle surgery.

    Atlanta finished with the same record after losing at home to Philadelphia 121-113. Orlando can join the Mavericks and Hawks with a loss at home to Washington on Wednesday.

    Phoenix (21-61), which had already clinched the worst record and best lottery odds for the No. 1 pick in the draft in June, also didn't dress eight players. The Suns won for the second time in 19 games to wrap up their third straight season with at least 58 losses.

    Johnathan Motley led Dallas with 21 points.

    Peters, who had 46 points total in 19 previous games, was 8 of 13 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 76 percent in the second half while outscoring the Mavericks 80-43. It matched the most points the Mavericks have given up in a half.

    "We had trouble stopping Larry Bird, dressed up as Alec Peters," Carlisle said.


    Suns: The four players not already listed as out who sat were Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Troy Daniels (left ankle sprain), T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) and Marquese Chriss (lower back/leg pain). ... Rookie Shaquille Harrison had his first NBA double-double with career highs of 18 points and 10 assists.

    Mavericks: The two players not already listed as out who didn't play were Doug McDermott (left elbow contusion) and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness). Leading scorer Harrison Barnes was listed as rest.

    DIRK FOR 21

    Nowitzki revealed that he spent all season dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that finally resulted in surgery last week. The German star has maintained that he planned to return next season, which would make him the first to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

    The timing of the surgery was designed to give Nowitzki plenty of time to recover for his offseason regimen. He said he would spend about three weeks in the walking boot he wore in his meeting with reporters before the game.

    "I didn't miss a lot of games this year," said Nowitzki, who played 77 games, a record for a player in his 20th season. "I felt fine most of the time. I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it."


    Suns: C Tyson Chandler could be attractive in an offseason trade with one year left on a contract that averages $13 million per season. He was a key piece of the Dallas championship in 2011, and returned in a trade with the New York Knicks three years later with one year left on a four-year contract. Chandler signed with the Suns when the Mavericks tried hard to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers. After initially agreeing to sign with Dallas, Jordan changed his mind and stayed in LA.

    Mavericks: They seem committed to keeping Barnes, who has two years left on a $94 million, four-year max deal he signed two years ago. The most likely piece in a trade would be G Wesley Matthews, who is going into the final year of a $70 million, four-year deal that got richer when Jordan backed out on the Mavs. While Matthews returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon much quicker than usual in his first season and was durable thereafter, he hasn't been the difference-making scorer Dallas needs.

    <![CDATA[Dirk Says He'll Return for 21st Season With the Mavs]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:43:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-talk-end-of-season-tuesday.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki says he'll return for a 21st season.

    Nowitzki made the announcement during his "end of season" interview at the American Airlines Center ahead of the team's final regular season game Tuesday evening.

    Nowitzki walked into the media room on crutches and sporting a big, gray boot -- the result of a procedure done April 5 called a surgical debridement that clears out unhealthy tissue.

    In Nowitzki's case the procedure was done on his left ankle. 

    Dirk confirmed Tuesday the injury will not keep him from playing next year and that he hopes owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson are able to secure some key pieces in the upcoming NBA Draft.

    The Mavericks (24-57) wrap up the regular season Tuesday with a home game against the last place Phoenix Suns (20-61).

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Dallas Wings Only NTX Pro Team to Make Playoffs This Season]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:39:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic-Sports-1.jpg

    When it comes to North Texas professional sports teams, women ruled this season.

    The WNBA's Dallas Wings are the only local pro team to make the playoffs.

    That's right. Go Wings!

    The Wings 2017 record may have been 16-18, but they still made it to the first round of playoffs, losing to Washington 86-76.

    Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will finish their season Tuesday night, with a 23-54 record at the moment.

    The Dallas Cowboys finished 9-7, watching division rival Philadelphia winning its first Super Bowl.

    And while the Texas Rangers rival Houston Astros won their first World Series, the Rangers finished 78-84 for their season.

    And in hockey, the Dallas Stars just wrapped their season with a record of 42-32-8.

    In soccer, FC Dallas finished seventh in the West in 2017 with a record of 11-10-13 -- this after coming in first in the conference the previous two seasons with appearances in the conference finals and semifinals in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

    Click here to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Photo Credit: Ian McKinnell]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs End Season With Shirts, Hats, Car Give-a-Way]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:05:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mavs+5+miles+patch.JPG

    The Dallas Mavericks will host a FANtastic Finale to the 2017-2018 season Tuesday night during their final game of the year.

    The Mavs will take on the Suns at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. The fun begins 90 minutes before tip-off when the doors open at 6 p.m.

    First up, season ticket holders are invited to a pre-game happy hour at the EIGHTEEN|76 bar inside the arena. Each season ticket holder in attendance will receive a free Budweiser Mavs hat and a free 12 ounce Budweiser draft with choice of Mavs logo on the top of each beer.

    Join the Mavs for Mavs Q, the first live and in-app trivia game in the NBA. Radio host Jeff "Skin" Wade will shell out 12 questions in arena for a chance to win upgraded seats for the game, autographed merch and floor seats for a game during the 2018-2019 season. To play, fans should download the Mavs app. Trivia starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.


    • All fans in attendance will receive a free Mavs cap upon entry.
    • All fans in attendance will receive a special edition T-shirt featuring "Dallas For Dirk" courtesy of 5miles. The T-shirt was designed by local artists Reid Glaze and Hance Talpin in honor of Dirk's 20th Season with the Dallas Mavericks. Find more of their designs at thanksdirk.com.
    • Ten thousand fans in attendance will receive a Mavs team poster.
    • One lucky season ticket holder and one lucky fan will have a chance to win new car by participating in a half-court shot contest during half-time. Registration for participants closed at 3 p.m. Monday.
    • One lucky Mavs fan will take to the Mavs Hangar with one minute to grab as much gear as they can for free. The winner will be selected from a pool of fans that have connected to their Nike Mavs Jerseys via the Nike Connect app.
    • Twenty thousand Mavs trading card packs will be handed out at the doors.
    • Chris Arnold will give away two framed autographed pictures of Dennis Smith Jr. during the pre-game show and the game.
    • Ten thousand special edition Dirk Nowitzki cups will be given away in honor a Dirk-themed sandwich promotion.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[76ers Rout Mavericks, Win 14th in Row]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 14:43:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    J.J. Redick scored 18 points, and the surging Philadelphia 76ers matched a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory, 109-97 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

    Ben Simmons added 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Two years after going 10-72, the Sixers (50-30) clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and secured their first 50-win season since Allen Iverson's 2000-01 team, which lost in the Finals.

    The only other time the Sixers won 14 straight in a single season, Dr. J and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its last NBA title in 1983.

    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting, and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight and six of seven.

    The undermanned Mavs were no match for the Sixers, who won their sixth in a row without injured All-Star Joel Embiid and moved a game ahead of idle Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with two games left.

    Philadelphia played a more up-tempo style without the 7-foot-2 Embiid, who is out until at least the start of the playoffs because of an orbital fracture in his left eye.

    Two days after an emotional win over Cleveland, Simmons keyed a 17-3 second-quarter run by assisting on Covington's consecutive 3-pointers before his twisting layup in traffic that made it 50-34.

    The Sixers led by 19 before Smith helped get the Mavs within four points late in the third quarter. But the Sixers quickly got the lead back to double figures early in the final quarter

    Dallas shot 11 of 40 from 3-point range in its final road game of the season.


    Mavericks: Barnes started 0 of 7 from the field and missed his first three free throws. ... Smith got a first-quarter technical foul for trash-talking Markelle Fultz after a driving layup. . Dallas finished 9-32 on the road.

    76ers: The 1982-83 Sixers won 14 straight from Dec. 21-Jan. 21. ... Philadelphia won 18 straight over two seasons in 1966. ... The Sixers last lost March 13 to Indiana. ... Fultz got almost all the backup minutes at point guard. T.J. McConnell didn't play until final minutes. ... Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points and 12 rebounds.


    Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid could resume conditioning and shooting as soon as Monday.


    The Mavericks ensured they will stay below Orlando and keep the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Only Atlanta, Memphis and Phoenix have poorer records.


    Mavericks: Season finale Tuesday night at home vs. Phoenix.

    76ers: Monday night at Atlanta.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Dirk Out, Has Ankle Surgery]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:43:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki's 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.

    The team said Thursday that Nowitzki underwent a procedure to clear out unhealthy tissue, called surgical debridement. It was performed at a Dallas medical clinic.

    The 39-year-old Nowitzki played his final game of the season at home against Portland on Tuesday. He has said he plans to return for a 21st season for the only NBA team he has ever played for.

    The 2007 NBA MVP and 2011 Finals MVP when Dallas won its only title, Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games, a record for a player's 20th season.

    After games at Detroit and Philadelphia, the lottery-bound Mavericks finish the season at home Tuesday against Phoenix.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Jamel Artris Has Career-High 18, Magic Hold Off Mavs]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 22:52:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Orlando Magic finished off the depleted Dallas Mavericks with their G League players Wednesday night.

    Jamel Artis, Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis, players who spent most of the season playing for the NBA G League's Lakeland Magic, combined for 16 of Orlando's 28 points in the fourth quarter of a 105-100 victory.

    "It was a great experience for them," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "For those guys to not only get overall minutes, but closing minutes in end-of-game situations, all those things are valuable for our young guys."

    Artis had 18 points for his second straight career high. He was coming off a 16-point game Tuesday night in a victory at New York.

    "I love the G League. The guys that were there, we built a family, built a bond," he said. "It's the experience that we went through. It's a path. Maybe I took the long way, but I still have a lot of work to do and I'm going to continue to build every day."

    Purvis, another undrafted rookie, hit two straight jumpers after the Mavericks had pulled to within three early in the fourth quarter.

    "It brings back a lot of memories and I hope we can be out here a lot more in the future," he said. "It's just good having that camaraderie . . . We just go out there and try to bring a lot of energy and play the game the right way."

    Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points without playing in the fourth quarter. Gordon scored 16 points in the first quarter, leading the Magic to an early 14-point lead. Bismack Biyombo had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five assists.

    Jalen Jones led Dallas with 15 points. Johnathan Motley added 14 points and eight rebounds in his first NBA start, and Kyle Collinsworth came off the bench for 14 points and nine rebounds.

    The Mavericks, who have lost 12 of 15, listed seven players out with injuries including Dirk Nowitzki, the 19-year veteran who missed only his second game of the season.

    Point guard J.J. Berea, the only Maverick to start in Tuesday night's win and again Wednesday night, sat out the second half with an apparent oblique strain.

    "I'm making sure that nothing is wrong and it doesn't get worse," he said. "I'm going back to Dallas and make sure."

    Two straight dunks by Motley got Dallas back in the game in the second quarter and the Mavericks kept it close for the rest of the way. Dorian Finney-Smith missed an open 3-pointer that could have put Dallas ahead with just over two minutes left.


    The Mavericks went with four different starters after a win over Portland on Tuesday night. "It's the NBA and it's a dynamic league and things happen. They've got a lot of guys out, too," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. In their 79th game, the Mavericks started five players who had started a total of 22 games for them this season.


    Mavericks: Nowitzki, who played 25 minutes Tuesday night in a win over Portland, did not make the trip. "There'll be more information tomorrow," Carlisle said. "That's really all I'm authorized to say at this point." . . . G Dennis Smith (left knee) and F Harrison Barnes (rest) also sat out the game.

    Magic: C Nikola Vucevic (rest), F Jonathan Isaac (left ankle), G Jonathon Simmons (right wrist) and G Evan Fournier (left knee) did not play. . . . Isaac has missed 51 games in his rookie season.


    Mavericks: At Detroit on Friday night.

    Magic: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

    <![CDATA[Mavs eGaming Selects Artreyo "Dimez" Boyd as Draft Pick ]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:17:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    With the first ever pick in the NBA 2K League Draft, Mavs gaming announces their selection of Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd.

    Dimez, 23-years-old, grew up in Cleveland and has been playing NBA 2K since he was a young kid, using the competitive gaming as an outlet to stay away from negativity.

    He is part of one of the most dominant Pro/Am teams since the release of the game and not only qualified, but won last’s NBA All-Star 2K Tournament winning the grand prize of $250,000.

    After hearing that he was selected by Mavs Gaming, Dimez said, “Number 1 pick, baby! Can’t wait to get to Mavs Gaming, and start working, y’all! We know what time it is—we’re getting a championship, period. Nobody’s stopping us, let’s get ‘em!”

    For more updates, check out Twitter https://twitter.com/nbc5stevewright. For official NBA 2K League Content, visit NBA Media Central https://mediacentral.nba.com/.

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    <![CDATA[Smith highlight helps Mavs top playoff-bound Blazers]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:25:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. scored 18 points, including a highlight-reel dunk to help keep the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks ahead in a 115-109 win over Portland on Tuesday night, delaying for now the Trail Blazers' hopes of clinching home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

    A hodge-podge lineup kept the Mavericks in front in the fourth quarter, with Maxi Kleber giving them their biggest lead at 104-94 on a 3-pointer with 3:13 remaining.

    But Smith, the rookie first-round pick Dallas hopes to build its future around, was back on the floor with the Blazers trailing by six when he beat Damian Lillard to a loose ball , poked it past the star Portland guard, ran it down and bounced it one more time before leaping for the slam.

    Smith, who had another layup to push the lead back to seven in the final minute, also led the Mavericks with eight assists and tied Kleber for the team high in rebounds with eight. Kleber scored nine points.

    Lillard scored 29 for the Blazers, who could have clinched home court for the first time in five straight playoff appearances under coach Terry Stotts with a win and losses by Oklahoma City and Utah. Portland qualified for the playoffs with Sunday's win over Memphis.

    Harrison Barnes, J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 apiece as the Mavericks avoided getting swept by Portland in a season series for the first time since 1998-99.

    CJ McCollum scored 16, but he and Lillard combined to go 2 of 15 from 3-point range as the Blazers shot 25 percent (10 of 40) from behind the arc. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points and 13 rebounds.


    Trail Blazers: G Shabazz Napier, the Final Four most outstanding player when Connecticut won the NCAA title at the home of the Dallas Cowboys four years ago, was 4 of 4 from 3 and had 13 points. ... Lillard has scored at least 25 points in nine of his past 10 games against Dallas. ... Nurkic had his team-leading 24th double-double of the season.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki missed his first five 3-point tries but finished 3 of 10 and had 14 points. ... Dwight Powell was the sixth player in double figures with 12 points. ... Dallas went without a turnover in the second and third quarters and finished with seven.


    Dallas center Nerlens Noel was suspended for the final five games of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. The suspension ended a lost season when Noel was hoping to showcase himself after failed negotiations in the offseason ended with him taking the team's qualifying offer of just $4.1 million for one season as a restricted free agent. The Mavericks acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

    Noel appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle early this season before the announcement that he was having surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. But Carlisle praised him before the game, saying his respect for Noel went up when the 23-year-old came to his coach after a game in Sacramento last week to tell him about the looming suspension.

    "He was contrite," Carlisle said. "What I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt is this guy has been a terrific guy to be around."

    Noel played just 30 games, averaging 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 minutes in his fourth season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.



    Trail Blazers: At NBA-leading Houston on Thursday.

    Mavericks: Start of three-game road trip Wednesday at Orlando.

    <![CDATA[Mavs' Noel Gets 5-Game Drug Suspension From NBA]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:16:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/GettyImages-6454053361.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel and Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha have been suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

    The league announced the suspensions Tuesday. Noel's ban will cover the final five games of the season for the lottery-bound Mavericks, starting Tuesday night against Portland.

    Sefolosha had surgery on the MCL in his right knee in January and hasn't returned. His suspension will begin in the next regular-season or playoff game when he is eligible and physically able to play.

    Noel's suspension ends a lost season for a player trying to earn a long-term contract after failed negotiations last offseason resulted in him signing the team's qualifying offer of just $4.1 million for one year.

    Noel played just 30 games, with most of the missed time coming after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb in December. He averaged 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 minutes a game in his fourth season in the league.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Cavaliers Struggle Before Beating Mavericks, 98-87]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:57:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    LeBron James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and the Cleveland Cavaliers had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on Sunday night.

    James, who broke Michael Jordan's NBA mark for consecutive games with at least 10 points on Friday night, didn't reach 10 until 7:59 remained. He finished just 5 of 21 from the field but made a pair of 3-pointers as the Cavs finally pulled away with a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter.

    Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead Dallas, which has dropped eight of nine. Dirk Nowitzki scored nine points in possibly the 39-year-old's final career game in Cleveland.

    The Cavs were in danger of sliding into fifth place behind Philadelphia and Indiana before waking up in the fourth quarter. They trailed 81-79 before going on an 11-0 run that was capped by a 3 from James, who spent part of Saturday night on stage with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.

    Nowitzki was questionable with an ankle issue but started his 76th game this season, a credit to his durability and dedication. "He's another guy that's just so extremely meticulous with his approach," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He changed his diet about 12 years ago or 13 years ago and went to very specific kinds of foods. Drinking a lot of water. There's a level of consistency there that is amazing."

    Nowitzki and James are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the NBA's career scoring list. And while they're among the greatest players of this generation, Carlisle says they resemble players of yesteryear.

    "The thing you love to see is a guy like LeBron James and a guy like Dirk that are new-age athletes from the standpoint of just an amazing level of skill, commitment, all kind of stuff, but old school in their approach and particularly old school in their appreciation for the Oscars and the Russells and the Chamberlains and the Wests and those kind of guys. That's extremely special."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Towns, Crawford Help Wolves Edge Mavs ]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:34:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    Karl-Anthony Towns was ready to set the pick to free Jamal Crawford for the game-clinching shot.

    Crawford waved him off and made the shot anyway.

    Towns had 21 points and 20 rebounds, Crawford scored 24 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 on Friday night to gain ground in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

    Crawford scored 13 in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his 17-footer with 9.6 seconds left to put his team up by four.

    "That was a cold-blooded shot," Towns said. "That was one of the coldest shots I've ever seen. There was more than adequate time to set a pick, but when you're in a zone like that . it was his gym tonight."

    After Minnesota shot just 34 percent in the first half and trailed until midway through the third quarter, Crawford hit three consecutive shots, including a 3, over a 1:14 stretch of the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 74-68 lead. Nemanja Bjelica, scoreless for the first three quarters, hit two 3s to extend it to 85-73.

    The Mavericks got within 91-89 on the second of consecutive layups by Dennis Smith Jr. off a steal with 28.3 seconds to play, before Crawford posted up the smaller Yogi Ferrell and drained his jumper.

    "(Coach Tom Thibodeau) and those guys put me in great situations," Crawford said. "I had the easy part, just making shots."

    Ferrell hit a 3 with 1.3 seconds left, but the Mavericks were not over the limit in fouls and could not foul the Wolves twice in the remaining time.

    Harrison Barnes had 19 points, and Smith had 17 for Dallas, which is using its remaining games to build lineups around its two young stars.

    "I feel like the more I learn to play with H that would be better for the future, so we're trying to build that chemistry as soon as possible," Smith said.

    Minnesota entered the night in seventh place in the bunched-up Western Conference but moved into fifth with losses by Oklahoma City and New Orleans. Just three games separated fourth place from 10th in the West.

    After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, the Wolves scored five points in the final 2.3 seconds of the half to get within 46-44 at the break. Crawford hit a 3-pointer off Towns' offensive rebound, and then Towns scored just before the buzzer after Dallas' Maxi Kleber inbounded the ball right to him.

    "We made some hustle plays at the end of the half," Thibodeau said. "A hustle play can trigger a run, and I thought that gave us good life coming out (after halftime)."


    Wolves guard Jimmy Butler made the trip to Dallas and has been cleared for contact drills, using a brace on his right knee.

    "He had a good workout, did the shoot-around and stayed and played after," Thibodeau said. "He's been diligent with the rehab, going twice a day. He went through the non-contact great, didn't have any problems. This was the next step."

    Thibodeau didn't put a timeline on Butler's return. Butler had meniscus surgery on Feb. 25, and Minnesota is now 8-7 in the games he has missed.

    While Butler did not talk to reporters, he stood by Crawford's side in the locker room and commented on some of his teammate's statements.

    One example: When Crawford praised Butler for being a virtual coach on the sidelines as he recovers from his injury, Butler chimed in: "Jimmy gets on my nerves all the time."


    Timberwolves: Wolves assistant coach Rick Brunson will stay in Texas to watch his son Jalen lead Villanova in the NCAA national semifinals against Kansas on Saturday in San Antonio. ... The Wolves swept the season series from the Mavs, 4-0. ... The Wolves play seventh-place Utah on Sunday and play 10th-place Denver twice over their final five games.

    Mavericks: Nowitzki set an NBA record by playing in his 75th game this season, the most by a player in his 20th season in the league. ... G J.J. Barea sat out for personal reasons.


    Timberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.

    Mavericks: At Cleveland on Sunday. Dallas plays four of its final six on the road.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Middle School Student’s Business Pitch Impresses Cuban]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:51:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark_cuban_sports.jpg

    At a middle school entrepreneurial pitch competition in Dallas, Josiah Benson’s request for help for his charitable organization impressed the panel of judges, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dwight Howard has 23 Rebounds, Hornets Hold off Mavs]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:45:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Dwight Howard had 23 rebounds and 18 points to cap an eventful four days and the Charlotte Hornets held off the Dallas Mavericks 102-98 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

    Howard had a career-high 30 rebounds and scored 32 points against Brooklyn on Wednesday night, then served a one-game suspension for his 16th technical foul of the season as Charlotte beat Memphis 140-79 on Thursday night.

    Charlotte led by as many as 15 points, but Dallas cut it to 87-86 on two of Yogi Ferrell's 11 fourth-quarter points.

    The Mavericks had a chance to win after rebounding a miss by Charlotte's Jeremy Lamb, but Kemba Walker stole the ball from Dennis Smith Jr. and Dallas had to foul Marvin Williams with five seconds left. He made both free throws.

    Dallas has lost five games in a row.

    Walker scored 24 points, and Smith led the Mavericks with 21.

    Lamb had 14 points, and Malik Monk scored 11 for the Hornets.

    Dallas' Harrison Barnes scored 18 points, Ferrell finished with 16, Doug McDermott had 14 and J.J. Barea added 10. Nerlens Noel had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    After three quarters, the Hornets had a 79-70 lead.

    Dallas led 27-22 after the first quarter, but the Hornets came back to tie the score 30-30 on a 3-point shot by Frank Kaminsky. A 17-7 run capped by Malik Monk's 3-pointer gave Charlotte a 47-37 lead. Dallas reduced the margin to six points, 54-48, at halftime.

    Monk scored eight points in the second quarter, and Kaminsky had seven.


    Hornets: Howard's double-double was his 45th this season. He leads active players with 711 career double-doubles. ... Lamb, an 86 percent free throw shooter, missed both attempts with 2:29 left in the first half.

    Mavericks: Smith returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. ... Harrison Barnes' nine first-half points all came on three 3-pointers in a 2:15 span in the first quarter. Dallas went from trailing 10-9 to a 20-13 lead during that spurt.


    Hornets: Host New York on Monday night.

    Mavericks: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.

    <![CDATA[Veteran Dirk Nowitzki Can't Be Fooled]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:07:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.

    He knows when teams aren't giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.

    "It's pretty obvious," Nowitzki said.

    Easy to spot, the NBA is finding tanking not so easy to stop.

    It's a problem for the league office, which has fined owners, chastised teams and sent out league-wide memos on the topic. And with big brother watching, teams are abiding by the letter of the law, but arguably not the spirit of its intent.

    Tanking is viewed as a solution -- sometimes the only one -- for some teams and their fans, hoping something good can come from being bad if they cash in at the lottery and land a top draft pick.

    Nearly a third of the 30 NBA teams are brutally bad this season and it's hard to believe some aren't losing on purpose. Phoenix, Memphis, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Sacramento, Brooklyn, Chicago and New York should all lose 50 or more games, and only the Nets aren't motivated to lose -- they don't own their first-round pick.

    Everyone else comes under suspicion when something strange happens:

    -- What was leading scorer Dennis Schroder doing on the bench for the entire fourth quarter of Atlanta's one-point victory over Phoenix on March 4?

    -- Why did Tyreke Evans foul Chicago rookie Antonio Blakeney attempting a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and Memphis leading Chicago by one?

    -- Are some of these guys on injury lists really hurt?

    New York hosted its own version of March Badness over the last week, with the Knicks and Nets both playing Nowitzki's Mavericks, before Memphis and Chicago came to the city on the same sad Monday. That's five of the nine bottom teams -- including the only two known to have been contacted by the league office because of their tactics.

    Here's how it looks where currently winning really doesn't seem to be everything:



    Tanking is a discussion for fans and media. Nobody from a team ever dares talk about losing on purpose.

    Except Mark Cuban.

    When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving's podcast in February and said he told his players that "losing is our best option," the league fined him $600,000 for "public statements detrimental to the NBA."

    That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki's expected swan song, they had to change plans.

    "Well, I think Mark messed that up for us," Nowitzki said, with a straight face.

    They went on a recent stretch of three wins in four games -- two were against the Grizzlies and Knicks -- and Nowitzki insists teams are still tanking despite the league's mandate.

    "There's obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we're one of the teams that still wants to win and we'll see where we end up at the end in the draft," he said. "But we're still playing. We want to have a winning culture for our young guys."



    If the Knicks are tanking, they are being out-tanked.

    New York went 1-16 in a recent 17-game stretch, managing only to beat fellow lottery-bound Orlando, in a freefall that should've been able to take the Knicks close to the bottom. Instead, they remarkably remain the best of the worst, remaining ahead of the other eight in the standings -- which means, behind them in lottery odds.

    With Kristaps Porzingis lost to a torn ACL last month and Carmelo Anthony traded in the offseason, the Knicks don't have the talent to win often. But coach Jeff Hornacek believes there's a reason the other bad teams can't win, either.

    "The top teams are always there but I think that middle group, teams that are seeded in the playoffs 7, 8, guys that are just outside that, those are some pretty good teams nowadays," Hornacek said. "So if you are one of those bottom teams, you used to be able to beat those teams occasionally. Now it's tough to beat those guys, too."



    Chicago came to New York on Monday night without Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn, its three top scorers. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said they were all hurt, and people down the street at the league office were likely wondering.

    When the Bulls stopped playing starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday earlier this season, the league reminded them of the new resting rules, which allow Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams who sit multiple healthy starters in road games.

    So the Bulls started playing Lopez and Holiday again -- sort of.

    They went the whole first quarter at Detroit on March 9, combining for 15 points as the Bulls led by five. Neither got off the bench again, and the Pistons outscored them by 21 the rest of the way.

    But Hoiberg wasn't worried about creating any further trouble by playing without the three players acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota last summer. He insists they were injured.

    "When they're ready to go," Hoiberg said, "they're going to be back out there playing again."



    A matchup of 24-45 vs. 25-45 is often one to avoid, but longtime Chicago fan Louis Rodriguez was thrilled to catch Bulls-Knicks. He's just not used to seeing his favorite team attempt to lose.

    "The Bulls franchise is a legendary franchise and it won't be the last time we see them No. 1," he said.

    Dressed in his Bulls shirt and red hat, he came from Naugatuck, Connecticut, with his step-sister Shannon Bahme, who was wearing a Knicks shirt.

    The Knicks have been losing for years, so it's easier for their fans to accept being bad. Some remember three years ago, when back-to-back victories in the final week of a 17-win season knocked them out of pole position in the lottery. Minnesota beat them by a game for the worst record, then won the lottery and the right to draft All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.

    So are the Knicks tanking?

    "I think they're losing on purpose," Bahme said. "They've got to be. I mean, you can't play that bad. Hornacek ... just puts in people that do not belong in."



    Tyreke Evans is Memphis' leading scorer, a former rookie of the year who has recovered from injuries to regain his old form.

    Yet Monday, the Grizzlies sat him out for longer looks at Andrew Harrison and Briante Weber. Oh, and Marc Gasol was also out with the flu.

    Coaches argue that's not tanking, but merely development and evaluation of younger players. Harrison took a contested 3-pointer for a final shot that wasn't close in a 118-115 loss to Brooklyn.

    He took the blame, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff indicated he'll get more chances.

    "It's learning how to win. And consistency and learning how to win are the two hardest things to develop in this league," he said. "So the only way you learn is through experience in these situations."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Davis Leads Pelicans Past Mavericks]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:26:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    The moment Anthony Davis initiated a spin move to create separation in the paint between him and Mavericks center Nerlens Noel, Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo sent a lob from the left wing to the far side of the rim.

    Davis located the ball as he sprang upward, corralled it with one hand high above his head and slammed it through as fans rose to their feet and howled, clearly enthralled by the latest spectacle to which they'd been treated by their 6-foot-10, five-time All-Star.

    "I don't know how I did that," Davis said. "It just happens. Me and Rondo got a good chemistry with that. We've got some code words that we use when we want to try to look for it and I told him just throw it."

    Davis and Rondo were certainly speaking the same language against Dallas.

    Davis scored 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting, Rondo had 19 points and 14 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Jrue Holiday to beat the Mavericks 115-105 on Tuesday night.

    Rondo "just makes the game a lot easier for me, honestly, so I don't really have to force shots," said Davis, whose baskets included five layups and four dunks. "I go out there and I just play."

    Davis created his own shots, too. He hit a couple 3s, fadeaways and floaters in the type of dynamic, prolific performance the Pelicans have come to expect.

    "You look up he has 15 (points), a few minutes go by, he has 20, 24, by the end of the night he's pushing 40," Pelicans forward Solomon Hill said.

    Ian Clark added 19 points for the Pelicans, who are in a tight, seven-team race for one of the final five Western Conference playoff spots. Cheick Diallo had his second straight game scoring in double figures to go with 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which pulled a game behind Oklahoma City for the fourth seed in the West after the Thunder's loss to Boston.

    Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 for the Mavericks, who've lost three straight. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points for Dallas, which kept the game competitive most of the way despite being out of playoff contention and without guard Dennis Smith Jr.

    "We played hard, you know? We had some breakdowns defensively, but they are a very good offensive team," Mavs coach rick Carlisle said. "This is one of the better teams in the West in recent weeks and we were right there with them on the road."

    The Mavs did not trail by more than eight points until Rondo's step-back jumper made it 112-103 with 1:45 left. Dallas even led late in the third quarter when Ferrell's 18-footer made it 80-77, but Davis tied it with a 3 at the horn.

    Dallas was still as close 106-103 after J.J. Barea's floater with 2:52 left, but the Pelicans scored the next six points, highlighted Rondo's lob to Davis for another alley-oop dunk.

    The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter after a 14-2 run. New Orleans rallied to take the lead before halftime, however, thanks to a 15-2 run that began with Larry Drew's 3 and featured 10 points by Davis and the Pelicans led 54-52 at halftime after Diallo's jumper.


    Mavericks: Smith was sitting out his 10th game this season and first since spraining his left ankle during a loss at Brooklyn on Saturday night. His absence meant Dallas was missing 15 points per game for the season, and 20 points per game in three meetings with New Orleans. ... Barea finished with 10 points.

    Pelicans: Shot 52.7 percent (48 of 91) as a team. ... Holiday was sitting out his first game this season. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he was hoping for a quick recovery for Holiday, who averages 19 points and whose illness came as the Pelicans began a string of three games in five nights. ... Hill started but played only 11 minutes in his second game this season after rehabilitating from a torn hamstring. He said he feels good and hopes to play more in the coming nights.


    The Pelicans are looking increasingly to Clark as a scoring option recently. Acquired last offseason in free agency, he had a slow start in New Orleans, but has averaged 14.3 points in a reserve role during his past six games.

    "Really confident. These guys in this locker room, they give me the most confidence. They've been telling me to play my game and be aggressive. That's what I'm trying to do," Clark said. "It was just me being more comfortable."


    Mavericks: Host Utah on Thursday night.

    Pelicans: Host Indiana on Wednesday night.

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    <![CDATA[Nets Blow Double-Digit Lead, Still Beat Mavs]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:58:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 23 points, D'Angelo Russell had 22 and the Brooklyn Nets recovered after blowing a double-digit lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-106 on Saturday night.

    DeMarre Carroll had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each chipped in 11 points for the Nets, who snapped a three-game skid.

    Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points but left with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter after spraining his left ankle. Dwight Powell had 18 points and reserve Yogi Ferrell had 12 points and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who dressed only 10 players.

    Dallas was also sluggish early after losing in overtime Friday night at Toronto. The Nets took advantage, jumping to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter.

    Brooklyn led by 14 points before the Mavericks recovered late in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 59-56 with 9-2 run to end the half.

    Smith gave Dallas its first lead of the game in the third quarter with 8:06 remaining, stripping the ball from Russell and dunking to cap an 8-2 run that put the Mavericks ahead 70-68. Dirk Nowitzki later hit a 3 and Smith followed with a pull-up jumper to put the Mavs up 80-70 with 5:36 left before Brooklyn charged back.


    Nowitzki played in his 1,463rd game, moving past Kevin Garnett into fifth place in the NBA career list. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, who last summer signed on for two more years with the Mavericks, also played Friday night in Toronto and has played in 10 back-to-back sets this season.


    Mavericks: Veteran guard J.J. Barea was inactive due to a left rib muscle strain. Forwards Nerlens Noel and Harrison Barnes were held out to rest.

    Nets: Guard Allen Crabbe (illness) was ruled out. He was replaced in the starting five by reserve Joe Harris. ... Have eclipsed 30 points in the first quarter of their last three games. ... F Dante Cunningham was held out due to a concussion he suffered Friday night in Philadelphia.


    Mavericks: Close out their four-game trip at New Orleans on Tuesday.

    Nets: Host Memphis on Monday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Barnes Scores 30, Mavs Hand Knicks Eighth Straight Loss]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:27:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks turned around the game in the third quarter on their way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their eighth straight game.

    Dallas couldn't stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.

    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 points for the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki had 13. Yogi Ferrell finished with 10, but eight came during a game-changing 14-0 run in the third quarter.

    Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who got a visit from Kristaps Porzingis before the game and then showed again that they have no hope of winning without him. They lost for the 16th time in 17 games, most coming since their All-Star forward tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.

    This one looked as if it could be different when the Knicks made 17 of their first 24 shots against a defenseless Dallas defense. But the Mavs made enough shots of their own to stay in the game, then surged ahead after halftime.

    It was tied at 64 before Barnes scored on a follow shot to start the 14-0 spurt that included two 3-pointers and another basket by Ferrell.

    Dallas outscored New York 26-12 in the third.

    New York closed within four in the fourth quarter as Trey Burke led a rally, but Smith made a 3-pointer and Barnes followed with four straight points to put it away.


    Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith started after sitting out against Houston while continuing his recovery from left quadriceps tendinitis.

    Knicks: Enes Kanter (back spasms) and Lance Thomas (sprained right thumb) were back in the starting lineup. ... The Knicks signed F Troy Williams for the rest of the season after the expiration of his second 10-day contract. Williams averaged 8.1 points in eight games after signing the initial contract on Feb. 21.


    Porzingis said Tuesday there is no timetable for his return from his knee injury, which will keep him out the remainder of this season and at least some of the next. The All-Star forward was hurt upon landing after a dunk against Milwaukee on Feb. 6. The 7-foot-3 forward said there was sharp pain when the injury happened, but that he quickly felt better and thought he'd be able to go back into the game. But doctors sent him for testing, which revealed the tear.

    "I was shocked at first. I couldn't believe that it happened to me, and then about 30 seconds later I said, `OK, what can I do now?"' Porzingis said. "Now it's just time for me to make a comeback and then I focused on the next thing, and that was prepare myself for the surgery."


    The Mavericks won the lottery Tuesday for the first pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League draft. Mavs Gaming will select first in the April 4 draft at Madison Square Garden, followed by Celtics Crossover Gaming and Jazz Gaming. Knicks Gaming will select ninth in the 17-team esports league.


    Mavericks: Visit Toronto on Friday.

    Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Thursday.

    <![CDATA[Gordon, Paul Lead Harden-Less Rockets Past Mavericks]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:58:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82 on Sunday night.

    The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate.

    Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from beyond the arc.

    Paul either scored or assisted on the first 20 points of the quarter and finished the quarter with 12 points and five assists as Houston outscored Dallas 32-16.

    The Rockets moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday. Houston also holds the tiebreaker on Golden State should the teams finish with identical records.

    Houston swept the four-game season series from the Mavericks for the second year in a row. The Mavericks' last win over the Rockets came in the final week of the 2015-16 season, the last time Dallas made the playoffs and the last time Houston did not.

    Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting. Harrison Barnes added 14.

    Houston went on an early 14-0 run behind eight points from Gordon to go up 17-3. The Mavericks came back, taking their first lead at 38-37 on Smith's lay-up with 4:31 left in the second quarter.

    Dallas led by six with two minutes left in the half, but the Rockets scored eight of the last nine points to go up 48-47 at the break.


    Rockets: Coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden should be available Monday against San Antonio. The Rockets are 5-3 without him in the lineup. ... Houston used its 13th different starting lineup of the year. ... D'Antoni was on hand in nearby Frisco, Texas, to watch his alma mater Marshall, coached by his brother Dan, win the Conference USA Tournament final Saturday. The Thundering Herd beat Western Kentucky 67-66 for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1987.

    Mavericks: Barea assisted on nine of the Mavericks' first 10 field goals. ... Dallas signed F Jameel Warney to a 10-day contract. Warney has averaged 20 points in 40 games for the Mavericks' G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Warney entered in the fourth quarter and scored five points. ... Dorian Finney-Smith, who played Saturday after missing 51 with a quadriceps injury, sat out Sunday. Wesley Matthews and Salah Mejri also sat out for the Mavericks.


    Rockets: Host the Spurs on Monday for the second half of a back-to-back.

    Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at the Knicks. Dallas plays 10 of its final 15 on the road.

    <![CDATA[Grizzlies Drop 17th Straight as Mavericks Roll to Win]]>Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:03:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80 on Saturday night, extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 17 games.

    The Grizzlies (18-48), who have the longest losing streak in the NBA this season and the league's worst record, trailed by 26 points after shooting 26 percent in the first half and didn't lead after the 9:20 mark of the first quarter.

    The only longer losing streaks in franchise history were skids of 23 and 19 games in the expansion season of 1995-96 in Vancouver. It's the longest losing streak in Memphis pro basketball history.

    The Mavericks (21-45), also among the NBA's worst teams, allowed their fewest points in any half this season while building a 56-30 halftime lead on the way to their largest margin of victory this season. Barnes had 14 points in the first half, 10 of them on 11 free throws.

    J.J. Barea scored 20 for Dallas, and Doug McDermott also had 20 for his highest total since coming to the Mavericks at the trading deadline.

    Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and JaMychal Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.


    Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons still gets booed every time he touches the ball in Dallas. He took a maximum offer from the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016 coming off his second knee injury in as many seasons with the Mavericks, who hoped to sign him for less. Parsons scored nine points in 15 minutes. ... The road losing streak is at 14 games. Memphis hasn't won away from home in 2018.

    Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith played for the first time since Nov. 12, had seven points in 18 minutes. He missed 51 straight games with left knee quadriceps tendinitis and has missed 57 games overall. ... C Salah Mejri limped to the locker room grabbing his right leg in the first quarter after the leg got caught under Memphis C Deyonta Davis as both went to the floor. He didn't return, with the injury listed as a right hamstring strain.


    Centers Marc Gasol of Memphis and Nerlens Noel of Dallas didn't play, with rest listed as the reason. The Mavericks also sat point guard Dennis Smith Jr. because of a left knee issue that also sidelined him the second and third games of his rookie season.

    It's the same knee Smith had surgically repaired after a ligament tear in high school. He accelerated the rehab so he could play his only season at North Carolina State. Coach Rick Carlisle said he anticipated Smith would play Sunday against Houston.


    Gasol has expressed frustration at times this season, particularly when he hasn't played in the fourth quarter. When it happened recently at Chicago, he left without talking to reporters.

    "Having not experienced something like this before, it's difficult," coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "He's beginning to understand that he is a mentor to these younger guys now and he's helping them. He's teaching them. He's leading them. He's trying to show them how to play the game the right way."


    Grizzlies: Open three-game homestand Monday against Milwaukee.

    Mavericks: Finish four-game homestand and back-to-back against Houston on Sunday.

    <![CDATA[Carlisle Impressed With How Noel Is Progressing]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:45:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_NOEL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1181999683569.jpg

    It's been a tough season for Mavericks Center Nerlens Noel. Rick Carlisle talks about how Noel is progressing and his plans for him the rest of the season.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Looking Forward To Facing Memphis]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:41:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks take on the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday. Dirk Nowitzki talks about the challenge of facing the Grizzlies and how they can build off their win against the Nuggets.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Preview: Dirk's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 08:12:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-Rogers-060318.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki's annual celebrity baseball game is on Friday, but the Mavericks' veteran says he might not headline the contest after he retires. NBC 5's Pat Doney and 105.3 The Fan's Ben Rogers wonder which local athlete could take the reigns from Dirk.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Carlisle Looking at the Big Picture While Struggling to Win Games]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:25:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_STRUGGLES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1180961347663.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are turning over the team with young players in the lineup. Coach Rick Carlisle talks about the challenges of staying focused while taking losing.]]>
    <![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Stands By Mark Cuban]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:23:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_CUBAN_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1180958275552.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle tells why he's standing by Mark Cuban despite a past sexual assault allegation.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Gaming GM Suspended for Racist Tweet]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:37:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Mavericks' front-office problems continued to grow on Wednesday when they suspended their general manager of Mavs Gaming, Roger Caneda, after a racist tweet from 2016 was uncovered, a source said.

    There were further unconfirmed reports of more controversial comments on Twitter in 2017, although the source said it was uncertain whether Caneda's account had been hacked at that point.

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    <![CDATA[NBA Reviewing Sexual Assault Allegations Against Mark Cuban]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:15:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban3.jpg

    The NBA says it is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.

    League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter after the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman's claim that Cuban reached inside her pants and penetrated her vagina with his finger while they were taking a picture in a Portland nightclub.

    In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cuban wrote, "It didn't happen."

    Cuban also provided a prosecutors' report detailing the decision not to file charges.

    Prosecutors wrote that "there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim." The report also said the woman didn't want to proceed with the allegation.

    The report Tuesday came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks and included claims of inappropriate sexual conduct by former CEO Terdema Ussery. While Cuban wasn't implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Ferrell, Nowitzki Lead Mavericks to Win Over Nuggets]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:14:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki also was strong from long range to score 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 118-107 on Tuesday night.

    Ferrell and Nowitzki both made their first five 3s, and Ferrell finished 9 of 11 from the field to help one of the NBA's worst teams hand the Nuggets a loss they didn't need in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

    A second-year guard who came to Dallas on a 10-day contract last season, Ferrell finished 6 of 7 from long range. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, was 5 of 7.

    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and a career-high 11 assists as the Mavericks won for just the second time in nine games.

    Wilson Chandler scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who couldn't follow up a win at Cleveland with a chance to sweep a three-game road trip. Dallas split the season series with Denver, with both teams winning both home games.

    The Mavericks shot 56 percent from 3 (15 of 27) while Denver was at 31 percent (11 of 36) after making 19 of 35 in the win over the Cavaliers.

    Nerlens Noel had a season-high 15 rebounds for Dallas, his only other game in double digits since the opener. He missed 42 games after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb.


    Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, who had 29 points and 18 rebounds in one of the wins over Dallas in Denver, had four points and nine boards. He was 0 of 4 from 3, including a couple of forced shots from behind the arc in the third quarter. ... Will Barton had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

    Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews missed his second straight game with a left hip injury. ... Doug McDermott and Harrison Barnes had 15 points apiece, and Dwight Powell scored 14.


    Devin Harris played the Mavericks for the first time since a trade deadline deal that sent him to the Nuggets. After waving to the crowd following a video tribute late in the first quarter, Harris entered the game for the first time. He reached 10,000 points for his career in the first half and finished with seven points.

    The 14th-year guard started his career with the Mavericks, who traded for him in the fifth spot in the 2004 draft. The Mavs traded him to the Nets to re-acquire Jason Kidd in 2008, and he was sent to Utah in 2011. Harris spent one year in Atlanta before returning to Dallas in 2013.


    The Mavericks became the 21st team with a jersey sponsor when they announced a three-year deal with Dallas-based online marketplace 5miles. The LA Clippers were the 20th team with an announcement earlier in the day on a deal with the online dating site bumble.


    Nuggets: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Nuggets play LeBron James and company after winning 126-117 on Saturday in Cleveland.

    Mavericks: Three days off before another home game against Memphis on Saturday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Partner With Dallas-Based App '5 Miles']]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:07:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mavs+5+miles.JPG

    The Dallas Mavericks announced a new partnership on Tuesday at the American Airlines Center with 5 Miles, a Dallas-based app where buyers and sellers can trade goods.

    "We've never done anything as big, as far as a branding and advertising, so this is definitely a big step up for us," said Garwin Chan, the chief financial officer for 5 Miles.

    The announcement of the partnership comes just weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct against former Mavs team president Terdema Ussery.

    "I think any negative headlines you see with a partner right before you announce a partnership is always going to have some impact," Chan said.

    However, 5 Miles moved forward with the deal.

    "We find Mark [Cuban]'s team to truthful, and they were very upfront with us as far as what going on, and how they are responding to it, so we've been able to take comfort in that," Chan said.

    The orange "5 Miles" logo will soon be placed in the arena and on the Mavs players' jerseys.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Holiday Scores 30 as Pelicans Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 04 Mar 2018 21:42:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Nikola Mirotic added 24 in a rare start and the New Orleans Pelicans won their eighth in a row, 126-109 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

    On a night when his jumper wasn't falling, Anthony Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, scoring most of his points from inside 5 feet.

    Holiday scored 19 in the first half as the Pelicans held a double-digit lead for most of the last three quarters, save for one fleeting Dallas run at the start of the fourth.

    New Orleans has averaged 127 points during its streak and cleared 118 in all eight games.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks, passing Elvin Hayes for eighth all-time in field goals with 10,980.

    Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to get within 91-87, with Kyle Collinsworth scoring on a three-point play and Nowitzki and J.J. Barea hitting 3-pointers. After calling timeout, New Orleans answered with 10 straight points, including 3s by Holiday and Mirotic.

    Dennis Smith Jr. also scored 23 for Dallas, which has lost three straight and 17 of 21.

    Nowitzki scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a 3 at the buzzer, but New Orleans led 33-25 after one.

    Holiday took advantage of the smaller Dallas guards to get inside, scoring 19 in the first half. Mirotic hit three 3s in a 19-8 run to start the second quarter, which gave the Pelicans their biggest lead at 19.

    Dallas got within 10 in the third quarter and had the ball, but Smith threw away an outlet pass, and Davis and Ian Clark scored all of the Pelicans' points in a subsequent 12-4 run.


    Pelicans: Emeka Okafor sat out with a sprained right ankle. It was just the third time Okafor has not played since signing with the Pelicans on Feb. 3 after five seasons out of the NBA. "It's just one of those things that it's better to have one more day to recover from than stick him out there," coach Alvin Gentry said. Mirotic started in Okafor's place.

    Mavericks: The Mavericks were without Wesley Matthews, who had a left hip injury. ... Scotty Hopson, signed Monday to a 10-day contract, saw his first action for the Mavericks after entering the game with 4:57 left in the first quarter. ... Coach Rick Carlisle said it's possible Dorian Finney-Smith could return to action later this week. Finney-Smith has missed 55 games with left quadriceps tendinitis.


    Pelicans: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

    Mavericks: Host Denver on Tuesday.

    <![CDATA[One-on-One with Maverick's new CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:32:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks with the Dallas Maverick's new CEO Cynthia Marshall.]]>
    <![CDATA[Portis Leads Late Rally, Bulls Beat Mavs]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:53:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Bobby Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run late in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls roar back and beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-100 on Friday night.

    Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.

    Kris Dunn finished with 18 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.

    Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 as Dallas lost for the 13th time in 16 games. The Mavericks have dropped six straight on the road.

    Portis made a layup with 4:09 left to tie it at 96, then hit a turnaround jumper with 3:44 remaining to give Chicago its first lead. Portis followed up with a layup to make it 100-96.

    Then 3-point shots by Dunn and Markkanen and a jumper by Zach LaVine, who had 16 points, sent the Bulls to the win.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points. The 39-year-old German's season high was 22 against the Lakers on Feb. 10.

    For most of the game, Smith stood out against Markkanen in a matchup of 20-year-old rookies. Markkanen entered fourth in rookie scoring (14.8 points per game) and Smith fifth (14.6).

    Dallas settled for a 49-47 lead at the half after opening an 11-point lead in the first quarter and 14-point advantage in the second. The Mavericks raced ahead 10-0 just 3:12 in on Barnes' driving dunk and went up 21-10 on Smith's jumper with 4:51 left.

    Dallas stretched the lead to 42-28 on JJ Barea's 3-pointer 4:04 into the second quarter, but an 11-0 run, capped by LaVine's three-point play, got the Bulls back into the game.

    The Mavericks made their first five field goal attempts of the third, including consecutive 3s by Wesley Matthews, Smith and Barnes to open the lead to 62-52. Dallas stretched the lead to 73-59 on Smith's running layup midway through the quarter.


    Mavericks: Smith scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting. . Barnes scored in 13 in the first half, going 6 for 12 from the floor. . Forward Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes in his second game back from thumb surgery.

    Bulls: Center Robin Lopez was inactive for a fifth straight game. . Forward Jarell Eddie, who was signed to a 10-day contract, was assigned to the G League Windy City Bulls on Friday.


    Three of four NBA players from Ames, Iowa were in the building. Barnes and fellow Dallas forward Doug McDermott, along with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, all attended Ames High School. Hoiberg went on to play at Iowa State, located in Ames, before 10 NBA seasons. He returned to Iowa State to coach for six seasons.

    Dick Gibbs, 69, was the first Ames high school prrduct to play in the NBA (1971-76)


    Mavericks: Host New Orleans on Sunday night in the opener of a four-game homestand.

    Bulls: Host Boston on Monday night.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Westbrook Hits 30 on OT Clincher as Thunder Top Mavs]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:37:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Russell Westbrook didn't waste much time putting just his second single-digit scoring game of the season behind him.

    The Oklahoma City star won it with the play that wrapped up his 20th game with at least 30 points.

    Westbrook's go-ahead three-point play in the final minute of overtime put him at 30, and the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-110 on Wednesday night.

    Westbrook, who had 11 rebounds and seven assists, drove for the tying layup and made the free throw with 38 seconds left in OT to help the playoff-contending Thunder salvage a four-game split of the season series against a one-time postseason rival now among the NBA's worst teams.

    The reigning MVP had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter after scoring eight in a win over Orlando. Westbrook cooled off from there and missed all five of his 3-pointers, but scored seven of Oklahoma City's 11 points in overtime.

    "Just keep going, man," said Westbrook, who was 11 of 25 from the field and made eight of nine free throws. "Regardless of missed or made shots, my mentality never changes throughout the game and I always continue to stay in attack mode."

    Dwight Powell forced overtime at 100-all with a follow shot at the buzzer to match his career high with 21 points. It was the first points for Dallas since Powell's alley-oop dunk with 4 minutes remaining.

    Harrison Barnes scored 26 points for the Mavericks, who beat the Thunder in the Western Conference finals in 2011 before getting swept in the first round by them as defending champions a year later.

    "People look at their record and think they aren't a very good team," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "They are a good basketball team. They have not been able to close out some games."

    Dallas had a chance to win in overtime on an inbound play with 6 seconds left, but could only get a desperation jumper at the buzzer from rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who scored the first eight Dallas points in the extra period and finished with 17.

    "The last shot was a tough shot but a makeable shot," Smith said. "Learn from it, learn from it. You can look at it as a loss or a lesson."

    The Mavericks almost turned it over on the final possession of regulation but Wesley Matthews kept the play alive before missing a wild layup, with Powell grabbing the rebound on the other side of the basket and laying it in.

    Carmelo Anthony had put the Thunder ahead with 1:23 to go on a layup after three offensive rebounds on the same possession, including two from Steven Adams.

    Paul George had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Adams had nine points and 12 boards.


    Thunder: F Jerami Grant was called for a flagrant foul for a swipe at the head when Powell made a layup in the first half. ... The Thunder outrebounded the Mavericks 56-36, including a 19-8 edge on offensive rebounds.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, who is sixth on the NBA scoring list, reached 31,000 points with his patented one-legged fadeway in the middle of the second quarter. The 39-year-old German, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, finished with 12 points. ... Powell led Dallas with eight rebounds. ... J.J. Barea scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and matched Westbrook with a game-high seven assists.


    Dallas center Nerlens Noel had four points, three rebounds and four fouls in 16 minutes in his return after missing 42 games following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was rusty, failing to get off a shot on two alley-oops and missing another attempt. He led Dallas with three first-half turnovers, but had a highlight in the second half with a block on a soaring Westbrook going for a layup.

    Before the injury was announced in December, Noel had appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle. The first six of those 42 missed games were listed as coaching decisions. He's playing on a one-year contract after he couldn't agree on a long-term deal with the Mavericks, who acquired him at the trading deadline last season.


    Westbrook has gone without a 3 in four of the past six games and is 2 of 24 (8 percent) from long range in that span. The slump has dropped the career 31 percent shooter from 3 to 28 percent for the season.


    Thunder: At Phoenix on Friday.

    Mavericks: At Chicago on Friday, the only road game in a stretch of seven games.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Carlisle Doing his Part to Support new Mavs Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:57:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_HELP_MARSHALL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1172337731977.jpg

    Mavericks hired Cynthia Marshall to be the new Interim CEO. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says he will do his part to help Marshall clean up the organization.]]>
    <![CDATA[Reaction to Earl K. Sneed’s interview with Jacques Taylor]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:52:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    NBC 5's Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys insider Jacques Taylor discuss Earl K Sneed and his domestic violence incidents and if it's possible for him to redeem himself.]]>
    <![CDATA[Former Mavs.com Reporter Discusses Domestic Violence Incidents, Relationship with Mark Cuban]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:14:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    In a wide-ranging 30-minute interview on Cowboys’ Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor’s radio show, former Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed talks about why the team fired him and the Mavs’ work-place environment.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Allegations Could Dog Cuban Political Future]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:09:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban+MTP.png

    Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's "Shark Tank," has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.

    But Cuban's would-be political career could be derailed before it even gets started by sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within his team. The allegations range from a history of sexually suggestive remarks by a former team executive, to another employee being accused of domestic assault.

    They leave Cuban facing deep questions about his leadership and how a team owner with a reputation for meticulous attention to detail could not be aware of nearly two decades of problems.

    At his first public appearance since allegations were first reported by Sports Illustrated on Feb. 20, Cuban on Monday deflected questions about how much he knew was going on under his watch. The Mavericks have hired outside investigators to look into the allegations raised by the magazine.

    Cuban said he's talked to the investigators who will issue a report. He previously had told SI, "this is all new to me."

    "Today's not the time for me to talk about anything," Cuban said Monday. "This is about us moving forward."

    Cuban has dangled the prospect of a 2020 presidential run and seems to relish the attention. In several interviews, he has said he is "seriously considering" or "actively considering" it.

    He's wealthy enough to cast an aura of not being beholden to special interest. With more than 7 million Twitter followers, he's brash and outspoken both in the media and on social media, where he's taken potshots at Trump and his policies. He's a star on ABC's "Shark Tank," where he critiques hopeful entrepreneurs' business ideas. He's even explored a corner of the reality TV universe Trump never did: Turns and dips on "Dancing With the Stars."

    "Donald Trump's election as president encouraged all kinds of people with fame and success but no real political experience to be thinking, `I can do it too,"' said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

    That it took Cuban a week to hold a news conference on the allegations after they were first reported indicates he's got a long way to go as a politician, Jillson said.

    "If Mark Cuban were serious (about running), he would already have a half-dozen people whose job it is to lay the ground work to react ... There would already be a war room," Jillson said. "A person in the post-Trump world that thinks you can stagger your way to a nomination ... that was a one-off deal."

    Like Trump, Cuban's politics are pliable enough that it would be hard to mold him into a Republican or Democratic platform in the primaries. Cuban endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and had a front-row seat at one of the televised debates to support her. But he also has said if he does run he would probably be a Republican because he considers himself a fiscal conservative and a centrist on social issues.

    Trump, "tapped into a populism in the GOP electorate that was under-represented. Cuban's more centrist views don't seem to be in line with a similar phenomenon in a Democratic primary," said Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Jeb Bush's 2016 campaign.

    "Someone like (Cuban) would be a very tough out for the president," Miller said, adding he didn't know enough about the allegations within the Mavericks to comment on their potential damage to Cuban.

    Trump was elected in 2016 despite facing a cascade of accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, while Cuban hasn't faced any personal misconduct allegations.

    But the claims of an abusive culture thriving within the Mavericks have surfaced in the "MeToo" movement of women speaking out and standing up against sexual harassment and misconduct, a wave that has taken down powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media and politics.

    A problem for Cuban could be that his national brand is built upon the Mavericks and any major crack in that foundation could prove costly.

    The impact of the team's allegations has yet to be measured against Cuban's business and media interests. Sponsors haven't bailed on his team or his television show. Two days after the Sports Illustrated report, Cuban pulled out of a scheduled appearance next month at the South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin. Festival organizers said it was Cuban's choice to cancel.

    Even if Cuban can show he was unaware of misconduct and reacted swiftly to correct it, the episode has already created a new target in politics, said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. Media and political strategists from both parties will be looking into how Cuban runs his businesses. Any lawsuits or complaints will get new scrutiny, Mackowiak added.

    "There may be nothing more, but all those things become much more relevant, more interesting, more valuable," Mackowiak said. "The best thing he could do right now is say `I'm not running for president in 2020' and figure out how to get the Mavericks in the playoffs next season."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: 'MTP']]>
    <![CDATA[Barnes, Barea Lead Mavericks to Win Over Pacers]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:49:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison-Barnes-2017-09-25-15-38-16.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, J.J. Barea added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 109-103 Monday night.

    The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak and stopped Indiana's four-game winning streak. They also swept the two-game season series.

    Doug McDermott had 15 points for Dallas, and Dwight Powell added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

    Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Turner played high school ball nearby at Euless Trinity and his only college season at Texas.

    Victor Oladipo scored 21 for the Pacers despite playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.

    The Mavericks, held to 40 percent shooting through three quarters, hit 10 of their first 13 shots in the fourth, five of them 3-pointers, to build a 93-80 lead.

    Oladipo helped lead Indiana back. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter, and his free throw with 45.1 seconds left pulled Indiana to 99-97.

    But Wesley Matthews hit a 3 with 32.4 seconds remaining to restore a five-point lead, and the Mavericks put the game away by making seven of eight free throws in the final 21 seconds.

    Oladipo missed the previous meeting, a 98-94 Dallas win on Dec. 27, with a knee injury and played just 14 minutes over the first three quarters this time, picking up two quick fouls early in the game and never getting into a rhythm until late.

    Dallas ended the first half on a 9-0 run to lead 49-43 at the break. Oladipo played just 11 minutes before halftime.

    The Pacers answered with an 11-0 spurt early in the third quarter to take a 54-52 lead, and the game see-sawed the rest of the period until McDermott banked in a 3 at the buzzer to put Dallas up 68-65.


    Pacers: Oladipo's 1,303 points are the most he's scored in any of his five NBA seasons, and he still has 22 games to go. ... Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in the last five games after being outrebounded in 11 straight.

    Mavericks: The club named former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall interim CEO prior to the game. Marshall sat courtside next to owner Mark Cuban. ... The team honored founder Donald Carter, who died Feb. 14 at age 84, with a moment of silence before the game and a video tribute during the first quarter. ... Dallas signed Scotty Hopson to a 10-day contract. Hopson, who most recently was playing professionally in Turkey, has played only two NBA games in his career, with Cleveland in 2014.


    Pacers: At the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:56:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Mavericks_Announce_New_CEO_1200x675_1171105347727.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban introduces former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Announce New CEO Amid Front Office Controversy]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:06:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cynthia+Marshall.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks named former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall interim CEO Monday.

    The announcement comes a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against former team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a wider culture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.

    Our media partners at The Dallas Morning News report that, "Marshall was senior vice president-human resources for AT&T and also took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015, according to a company news release. She was named one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine."

    Owner Mark Cuban said Monday his mind was made up on hiring Marshall when he was told, "the most devastating day at AT&T was when (Marshall) left."

    Marshall was senior vice president of human resources at AT&T when she took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015. She had more than 30 years of telecommunications experience going back to 1981 with Pacific Bell.

    Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.

    The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report.

    "I'm honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues," said Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May. "I'm very saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in our organization."

    Experts tell NBC 5 that transparency will be important moving forward, if the Mavs want to make things right with employees, the alleged victims and fans.

    The Mavericks hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead an independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.

    The NBA has said it will closely monitor the investigation.

    Two women say Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women's calves and thighs during meetings.

    Asked how much he knew about the team's investigation into similar allegations against Ussery two years before he bought the team in 1998, Cuban didn't say much.

    "All of that will come out from the investigative report, so I'll defer to that," Cuban said.

    The team plans to establish a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The NBA announced plans for a similar hotline a few days after the SI report.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Jazz Edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th Win in 13 Games]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:31:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Donovan Mitchell had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Saturday night for their 12th win in 13 games.

    Derrick Favors scored 14 points for Utah (31-29), which had won 11 in a row before Friday night's 100-81 loss to Portland. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

    J.J. Barea scored 17 points for lowly Dallas, and Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks (18-42) lost for the 14th time in 18 games.

    After tying it up three times in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks finally took an 87-85 lead on a jumper from Barea. But Utah answered with an 8-0 run, punctuated by a Gobert dunk, to go ahead 93-87 with 2:32 remaining.

    Utah strung together an 18-6 run to take a double-digit lead before the end of the first quarter. Jae Crowder drove for a pair of baskets and pulled up for a 3-pointer to help fuel the surge. His third basket gave the Jazz a 33-18 lead.

    Dallas erased Utah's advantage before halftime. Doug McDermott scored back-to-back baskets and Barea followed with a layup to ignite a 15-0 run for the Mavericks. Dwight Powell gave Dallas its first lead on a pair of free throws and then finished off the run with a hook shot to put the Mavericks ahead 49-42.

    Utah missed 11 of 13 shots to open the second quarter before closing out the half on an 11-1 run. The Jazz took a 53-50 halftime lead after Mitchell capped the spurt with his second 3-pointer of the night.


    Mavericks: Barea made his 500th 3-pointer with Dallas. He is just the eighth player to reach 500 3-pointers with the team. . McDermott scored nine of his 12 points in the second quarter.

    Jazz: Joe Ingles recorded his 150th 3-pointer of the season in just 60 games. Ingles is No. 3 among Jazz players for most 3-pointers in a single season, trailing only Randy Foye (178) and Rodney Hood (161). ... Utah outscored Dallas 11-0 in fast-break points during the first half and finished with a 15-3 advantage.


    Mavericks: Host the Pacers on Monday.

    Jazz: Host the Rockets on Monday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Named in College B-Ball Probe]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:05:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NCAA__Investigation_2018_02_23_17_16_16.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. is among the players named in a federal probe that links to a sports agency accused of giving players money during their college career.]]>
    <![CDATA[Scruggs and Sefko Discuss Mavs Controversies ]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:42:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy+sefko+mavs.jpg

    NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News discuss the latest controversies surround the Mavericks. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Back on the Court Amid Controversy]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:22:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_mavs_investigation_1200x675_1169001027963.jpg

    The Mavericks are back on the court for the first time since the All-Star break against the Los Angeles Lakers amid controversy surrounding the organization. NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs has more from Los Angeles. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Smith Among Names Listed in NCAA Investigation]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:45:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_dennis_smith_investigation_1200x675_1168939587891.jpg

    NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs has more on the NCAA investigation that involves Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. According to FBI documents, Smith is among the names listed that received payments from a sports agency. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Talks Tanking and Mark Cuban's Comments]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:37:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_ON_CUBAN_TANKING_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1168277059663.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle details his conversation with owner Mark Cuban after Cuban was fined $600,000 for making comments about his team tanking.]]>
    <![CDATA[Nowitzki Disagrees With Mark Cuban About Tanking Comments]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:35:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_AINT_TANKING_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1168230467604.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for making comments about his team tanking. Dirk Nowitzki says he’s not having any of that.]]>
    <![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Speaks On Mavs Allegations]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:36:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_MAVS_ALLEGATIONS_FOR_WEB_2_1200x675_1167161923956.jpg

    Sports Illustrated put out a report about an alleged inappropriate workplace misconduct within the Dallas Mavericks organization. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle shared his thought on the report and how the organization will handle it.]]>
    <![CDATA[Nowitzki Disgusted About Workplace Environment Accusation]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:38:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_ON_MAVS_ALLEGATIONS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1167155779583.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki addressed the media about allegations of workplace misconduct.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Owner Cuban Fined $600K for 'Tanking' Comments]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:18:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Will_Honor_Flag_1200x675_1074356803707.jpg

    The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

    Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.

    Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner.

    "I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night," Cuban said. "And here we are. We weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, `Look, losing is our best option.'

    "Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This is like a year and a half of tanking. That was too brutal for me."

    The Mavericks dumped veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut around the trading deadline last season and had their highest draft pick (No. 9) since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from that spot in 1998. They drafted rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., one of the league's rising stars.

    After trading veteran guard Devin Harris to Denver at the deadline this season, Dallas (18-40) is tied for the fewest wins in the NBA and among seven teams with 18 or 19 victories at the All-Star break.

    The latest fine surpasses the $500,000 Cuban was docked in 2002 for criticizing former director of officials Ed Rush, saying he wouldn't hire Rush to manage a Dairy Queen. Cuban has been fined more than $2 million, a lot of it for criticizing refs.

    "I earned it," Cuban told The Associated Press when asked about the latest fine. "I got excited talking to Dr. J and said something I shouldn't have."

    The fine came a day after Cuban's franchise was accused of having a hostile workplace for women in a Sports Illustrated report that detailed allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery.

    Cuban said he was embarrassed by the allegations and vowed to improve the club's work environment. He is hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims and requiring everyone to undergo sensitivity training, including himself. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.

    The team fired website reporter Earl Sneed, who was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the team. Sneed pleaded guilty over the first incident, and the charge was dismissed after he met conditions of the plea agreement. Cuban told ESPN it was a mistake not to fire Sneed earlier.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Report: Former Mavs President Harassed Employees for Years]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:56:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

    Sports Illustrated spoke to sources who said Ussery had several incidents of inappropriate workplace behavior, including unwanted touching and lewd sexual comments. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015.

    Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.

    The Mavericks released a statement ahead of the publication of the Sports Illustrated report, saying the team "only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days."

    "The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company's workplace practices and policies," owner Mark Cuban said in the team's statement.

    NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs spoke to a former Mavericks employee who said she had several unpleasant encounters with Ussery. She added Cuban's comments about not knowing what was going on are false.

    The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.

    The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine's report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.

    According to a probable cause affidavit filed in court, Sneed got into an argument about headphones with the woman with whom he lived in 2011. The woman told police he grabbed the woman by her wrists, slammed her against a wall, sat on her and slapped her in the face and chest. She told officers he said, "I'm going to f-----g kick your a--. Today is gonna be the worst day of your life."

    Police wrote the woman suffered a fractured wrist and bruises.

    The woman told NBC 5 on Wednesday it was gut-wrenching to read the account again after seven years, but said she was glad people knew. She also told NBC 5 she emailed the Mavericks organization to warn them Sneed abused her and had a warrant out for his arrest in 2011.

    Sports Illustrated reported Sneed later dated another woman in the organization who reportedly told HR about Sneed hitting her.

    Sneed remained with the organization until Tuesday night after the Sports Illustrated article was published.

    Tuesday night Sneed tweeted to thank the Mavericks and MFFL (Mavs Fans For Life), saying, "Not sure what God has in store for me next, but thank you to the Dallas Mavericks and every MFFL for seven amazing full-time years. It was the best time, but all good things must come to an end. Be blessed."

    The report also said the Mavericks' VP of Marketing at the time of the allegations involving Ussery, Paul Monroe, threatened to fire one woman who complained about Ussery. She told SI that Monroe told her to "just take" the abuse from Ussery.

    Ussery, who left the team in 2015, still owns a home in Dallas. NBC 5 was unable to reach him for direct comment on Wednesday.

    Pittman's wife answered the door at his home and told a reporter her husband is an "honorable man" and that she believes the truth would eventually come out. She took a message for her husband, but Pittman didn't call for comment.

    Monroe now works for another North Texas organization. Voice messages left for Monroe at his office and on a family member's mobile phone were not returned Wednesday.

    The NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.

    "This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees," the league said. "Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter."

    The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgrim to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgrim is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former former New Jersey attorney general.

    SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was "built-in protection for a lot of men."

    A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.

    "Obviously there's a problem in the Mavericks organization and we've got to fix it," Cuban told the magazine. "I'm embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed."

    Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women's calves and thighs during meetings.

    Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks' alternate governor with the league.

    "I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me," Ussery told The Associated Press. "During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct."

    Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn't address those concerns.

    "I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization," Ussery said.

    Cuban said in the statement that the organization will provide support for current and former Mavericks employees who were affected and will conduct training to ensure a safe workplace.

    "We are committed — to our employees, our team and our fans — to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks," Cuban said.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Don Carter, Mavericks Co-Founder, Dies at Age 84]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:56:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1518696000-NM_4BigHat.jpg

    Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.

    The Dallas County medical examiner said he died Wednesday night. The cause was not disclosed.

    Carter co-founded the franchise with Norm Sonju, the club's first president. Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996 but kept a minority stake.

    The Mavericks were a model franchise in the early days, quickly becoming a contender and reaching the Western Conference finals in 1988 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

    When Dallas won the franchise's only championship in 2011, owner Mark Cuban invited Carter to celebrate with the team on the court in Miami. Commissioner David Stern handed the trophy to Carter, who was wearing his trademark white cowboy hat that was part of the team's early logo.

    Cuban, who bought the team in 2000, called Carter and his wife, Linda, the "guiding lights for the organization."

    "To say he will be missed does not do justice to just how important Mr. C has been to the Dallas Mavericks and the city of Dallas," he said.

    The Mavericks will honor Carter with a moment of silence before their next home game, Feb. 26 against Indiana.

    Carter remained a regular at courtside after selling the team, but his appearances slipped in recent months because of declining health. He wasn't there when the Mavericks retired guard Derek Harper's number last month.

    Harper was among the early star players for Carter, along with Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman.

    Carter and Sonju negotiated with the NBA for months before the league agreed to let Carter pay half of the $12 million expansion fee in two early installments rather than requiring all $6 million up front.

    The team was introduced on May 1, 1980, in downtown Dallas near the site of Reunion Arena, which was the team's home for 21 seasons. Carter told The Dallas Morning News in 2005 that part of his decision to acquire a franchise was as a present to his wife, who had been a standout high school basketball player.

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Randolph Keys Big First Half as Kings Top Mavericks]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:12:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Zach Randolph scored 22 points, and the Sacramento Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Tuesday night.

    Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 points for the Kings, who have won four of five in Dallas after losing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016. Seven Kings scored in double figures.

    J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.

    Randolph scored 18 in the first half, helping Sacramento to a 65-44 lead at the break. The Kings dominated the paint in the first two quarters, scoring 40 points, while the Mavericks shot just 35 percent.

    The Kings extended the lead to 26 with the first five points of the second half before Dallas put together a 17-3 run fueled by four 3-pointers.

    But Sacramento had an 88-71 advantage after three, and then opened the final quarter with a 9-0 run to match its largest lead. The Mavericks kept chipping away for the entire quarter and closed with a 30-11 run to make the final score close.

    Eight minutes into the game, Randolph had outscored the cold-shooting Mavericks all by himself, 11-8.

    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle replaced his entire lineup at one point in the second quarter, only to see the Mavs get beaten twice by the Kings for offensive rebounds that set up Garrett Temple's 3 that made it 46-28.


    Kings: Carlisle said the 41-year-old Vince Carter's longevity was "beyond belief. ... He's still playing at a good level. You've got to guard him." Carter played for the Mavericks from 2011-14.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Barea returned after missing Sunday night's loss to Houston due to various minor injuries. ... Matthews became the seventh Dallas player to hit 500 3-pointers with the team with his two in the first half. ... Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 points. Smith will join three others in the Verizon Slam Dunk contest Saturday in Los Angeles during All-Star weekend.


    Kings: At Houston on Wednesday for the second half of a back-to-back.

    Mavericks: Nine days off before visiting the Lakers on Feb. 23.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Mavs' Ferrell Takes Time to Read to Fort Worth Students ]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:53:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+ferrell+reading.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks Guard Yogi Ferrell recently took a time out to sit down and read with students at the Fort Worth Library as part of the Mavericks' Reading Challenge. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Using Ticket Giveaway to Lure Potential Residents]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:31:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_on_Anthem_6p_101617.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are in the middle of a disappointing season. Should they tank and rebuild? That’s a question that has Mavs Nation going back and forth on. However, management doesn’t believe in the tanking theory.

    So in a season with few highlights, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is raising the bar. The “Say Yes To Dallas” pitchman has put an offer on the table to lure new professionals to North Texas. Cuban is giving away two tickets to new residents to watch a Mavs game.

    The message is simple- move to Dallas and you can enter to get free Mavs tickets. For those that are interested, you can register at http://sayyestodallas.com/get-mavs-tickets/.

    The Mavs are back on the court tomorrow as the host the Sacramento Kings. It’s a matchup between the two worst teams in the Western Conference record-wise. The Mavs are 18-39 overall and 11-18 at home while the Kings are 17-38 overall and 9-21 on the road.

    Tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

    <![CDATA[Rockets Beat Mavericks for 8th Straight Win]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:45:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    In the past, the Houston Rockets would sometimes fall victim to so-called trap games, losing against subpar teams.   

    This season these Rockets have largely avoided such losses, and they did so again on Sunday night with a 104-97 win over the short-handed Dallas Mavericks.   

    "That's the difference between 50 wins and 60-plus and average teams and great teams," James Harden said. "We're not where we want to be, but that's the goal."   

    Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Rockets easily handled Mavericks for their eighth straight win and 12th in the last 13.   

    "There's different ways on different nights and you've just got to find ways to win," Harden said. "Tonight was one of those games."   

    The Rockets led for most of the game, but the Mavericks kept it close until a couple of runs in the third quarter allowed Houston to pull away.   

    They were up by 12 to start the fourth quarter and led 93-77 after four straight points by Nene early in the quarter. Yogi Ferrell had the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer he made before crashing to the ground as he was fouled, to cut the lead to 93-84 with about eight minutes remaining.   

    Houston scored the next five points, with a basket from Paul just before the shot clock expired followed by a 3 from Harden that spurred Dallas coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with about six minutes left.   

    But the Mavericks, who were playing their first game this season without Dirk Nowitzki, didn't threaten again and most of the Rockets' starters were soon on the bench with the game in hand.   

    "It's a lot to ask (them) to come in here and win the game," Carlisle said of his injury-plagued team. "But to basically compete the whole way and hang around and make them play ... was good. I thought our guys got better tonight."   

    Paul had nine assists and eight rebounds and Harden had five assists and six rebounds.   

    Ferrell scored 20 points for the Mavs, who have lost eight of 10. Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.   

    The Rockets were up by two early in the third quarter when they used an 8-2 run to make it 68-60 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.   

    Powell scored four points in a row later in the third to get Dallas within 5. Harden made two free throws after that before both teams went cold, with nobody scoring for the next 2 1/2 minutes.   

    Maximilian Kleber ended the drought with an alley-oop to cut the lead to 76-71 with about three minutes left.   

    Houston got back on track after that, using an 8-2 spurt to make it 84-73 with less than a minute left in the quarter. Eric Gordon got things going in that stretch with a 3-pointer, and Paul scored the last five points.   

    Ferrell added a basket for Dallas after that, but Gordon capped the third quarter with another 3 to leave Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.   


    Mavericks: Nowitzki stayed in Dallas because of a swollen left ankle. ... Wesley Matthews didn't make the trip because of tightness in his lower back.   

    Rockets: Trevor Ariza missed his seventh straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Clint Capela added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.   

    SAVE `EM UP:   

    Paul wasn't annoyed that rookie Dennis Smith Jr. aggressively blocked a throwaway shot he took after the whistle midway through the third quarter. But the 32-year-old veteran did have some advice for the 20-year-old.   

    "I just told him: `Don't waste your jumps,"' Paul said. "We've all got a certain amount of jumps in our knees. We don't know what that number is but we've all got a number. ... I save all my jumps. I ain't got too many left."   

    HE SAID IT:   

    Houston coach Mike D'Antoni on the progress of his team: "We've got to make a run the second half. I'm pleased without being satisfied. We can get better."   

    UP NEXT:   

    Mavericks: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.   

    Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Tuesday.

    <![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Helping with Mavericks Youth Movement ]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:31:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_dirk_youth_movement_1200x675_1159107139540.jpg

    20-year NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki discusses the youth movement with the Mavericks. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Smith Excited for Slam Dunk Competition ]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:32:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith+slam+dunk+excited.jpg

    Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. expresses his excitement about being in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Weekend. ]]>
    <![CDATA[High School Teammates Back Together with Mavericks]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:32:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+barnes+saturday.jpg

    Doug McDermott and Harrison Barnes were high school teammates in Iowa and are now reunited with the Mavericks. ]]>
    <![CDATA[McDermott Makes Mavericks Debut in Win over Lakers]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:14:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcdermott+mavs+debut.jpg

    After being acquired by the Mavericks in a trade earlier in the week, Doug McDermott scores eight points in 21 minutes in his debut as Dallas beats the Los Angeles Lakers 130-123. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Nowitzki, Mavs Spoil Thomas Debut in Win Over Lakers]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:11:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes had 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks spoiled Isaiah Thomas' strong debut with the Lakers, beating Los Angeles 130-123 on Saturday night.

    Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton's offense than he did in an ill-fated 15-game stint with Cleveland after the offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston.

    The diminutive guard's first half with the Lakers was his highest-scoring half of the season, a team-high 16 points.

    Thomas, who was part of a four-player deal at the trading deadline that also brought Channing Frye, missed the first 36 games recovering from a hip injury.

    Doug McDermott had eight points in his Dallas debut following a deadline deal that brought him from New York and was part of a youthful closing lineup that outscored the Lakers 13-5 in the final 3:09.

    The Lakers had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.

    Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup. Smith finished with 14 points, and the Mavericks had a season high in points.

    Julius Randle had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, and Brandon Ingram scored 22 points. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

    Dwight Powell scored 19, two shy of his career high, for Dallas. J.J. Barea had 10 points and nine assists.

    Thomas entered the game to a noticeable ovation from the usually solid number of Lakers fans in the Dallas crowd, and hit a 3 from the left wing on his first LA possession in what proved to be just a start. He was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime.


    Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 13th straight game with a sore left knee. ... Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk. ... Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14. ... The Lakers matched a season high with 16 3-pointers.

    Mavericks: F Josh McRoberts was waived. He played in two games after spending the first 37 games on the inactive list with a left foot injury. He was acquired with a second-round pick and cash for center A.J. Hammons last summer. ... McDermott, who came from the Knicks in a three-team trade at the deadline, scored his first Dallas points on a breakaway dunk soon after entering the game in the first quarter. He added a tomahawk slam in the second half.


    Lakers: At New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: At Houston on Sunday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Curry, Durant Lead Warriors Past Mavericks]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:34:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887323410.jpg

    Stephen Curry had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from a tough recent stretch to beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-103 on Thursday night.

    Kevin Durant added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Draymond Green put up another impressive line: 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals.

    Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, 11 rebounds, season-high five steals and two blocks, while rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 22 points.

    Curry's pretty three-point play with 1:28 left in the third put the Warriors up 88-83, and once Golden State got going in transition the Mavericks couldn't keep up in what became a dunk fest. The Warriors began the fourth on a 14-5 tear.

    Despite another slow start, Golden State eventually found its groove and delivered all the big plays when it mattered.

    The defending champions had dropped three of four, including their worst defeat at home in Tuesday's 125-105 loss to the Thunder.

    Klay Thompson added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists on his 28th birthday.

    Durant dunked in transition on back-to-back possessions late in the second quarter, one off a steal he made, and Andre Iguodala also had a slam as the Warriors sent the game to halftime tied at 60.

    David West contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in nearly 17 minutes for Golden State, which earned a 10th straight victory in the series.


    Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward an official during the Oklahoma City loss.

    Green was ejected with 8:13 remaining after a second technical for arguing with the officials, specifically female referee Lauren Holtkamp. The NBA said the specific incident for which he was penalized occurred in the second quarter.

    On Thursday night, Green got hit with his 14th technical of the season -- two away from an automatic suspension -- in the second quarter for arguing after a delay of game warning.

    Green will wear clear braces for a couple of weeks after his front right tooth was knocked back in a collision with Russell Westbrook during Tuesday's loss.

    Green said dentists will monitor his tooth.

    "It hasn't died. Hopefully it stays alive," he said.


    Mavericks: Dallas signed guard Kyle Collinsworth for the rest of the season. He previously had a pair of 10-day contracts. "I'm very happy to have him back," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's done some very good things since he's been with us. He's earned this opportunity. So, I'm happy for him. And I'm sure all of our guys are." ... F Harrison Barnes missed facing his former team as he sat out a second straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... The Mavericks were swept 4-0 in the season series.

    Warriors: In the first, Curry passed Sacramento's Vince Carter (2,082) for sole possession of seventh place on the NBA's all-time list for made 3-pointers. ... Green became the 10th Warriors player in franchise history to reach 600 career steals. ... The Warriors avoided their first three-game skid since March 8-11 of last year when Durant was out with a left knee injury. ... Raiders WR Michael Crabtree sat courtside.


    Mavericks: Host Lakers on Saturday.

    Warriors: Host Spurs on Saturday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk's Name Misspelled on Jersey Worn on Historic Night]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:03:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-nowitzki-jersey-misspelled-fox-sports.jpg

    Longtime Dallas Mavericks power forward "Dirk Nowitkzi" notched another career milestone Monday night.

    No, we're not talking about reaching 50,000 minutes on the court -- but by joining the long line of athletes who've had their names misspelled on their jerseys.

    The list is longer than you'd think and includes some pretty notable names -- names you think equipment managers would be very familiar with and unlikely to misspell.

    Sports Illustrated has collected a batch of them which can be seen here -- and the list includes guys like Wayne Gretsky and Zack Grienke and even teams like the Milwakuee Brewers.

    It's not just tough names, even New Orleans Hornets player Jason Smiht got hit.

    Dallas Mavericks equipment manager Al Whitley, who took the blame for the Nowitzki mistake, said the one-of-a-kind jersey will be offered up for auction with the money going to Dirk's charity, the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

    We'll update this article with details about the auction as more information is released.

    Photo Credit: Fox Sports
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    <![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Hits 50,000 Minutes Milestone]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:26:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_920792643841.jpg

    After playing more than 50,000 minutes, Dirk Nowitzki has certainly made a name for himself.

    Even if it's still hard to spell sometimes.

    On a night when his last name was botched on the back of his jersey, the Dallas forward became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes. He finished with 12 points but the Mavericks collapsed down the stretch in a 104-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Nowitzki said he didn't notice until after the game that his name was misspelled on his uniform.

    "I actually just saw it," he explained. "I had no idea. It happens. I guess it sums up our season."

    Danilo Gallinari had 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds left, and the Clippers scored the last 13 points of the game to rally past a Mavs team that went scoreless over the final 4:42.

    Tobias Harris had 19 points for Los Angeles, and Lou Williams added 15 off the bench.

    "This felt like a steal game, because we didn't play well and they shot the heck out of the ball," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "To steal a game like this, you feel like you got two games."

    With the Clippers up by one after Gallinari's free throws, DeAndre Jordan won a jump ball with 4.5 seconds remaining and tipped it to Avery Bradley for a fast-break layup that made it 104-101.

    Yogi Ferrell had a chance to tie it with 0.4 seconds to play, but he stepped out of bounds before his shot bounced off the rim.

    "When you're playing from in front, you've got to protect the ball and get good shots and we struggled to do both," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

    Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 23 points and Devin Harris added 16 off the bench.

    Nowitzki passed Elvin Hayes (exactly 50,000 minutes) for fifth place on the career list in the regular season. Nowitzki has played an additional 5,895 minutes in the playoffs. Next among active players on the regular-season minutes list is Utah's Joe Johnson at 43,806.


    Mavericks: F Harrison Barnes was held out with a sore left ankle. Carlisle on Nowitzki: "I just really believe Dirk's record of high level of excellence, of longevity, durability, is one of the most remarkable I've ever seen in sport."

    Carlisle does not expect the Mavs to be active before Thursday's trade deadline: "I don't think we're going to make any trades. Of course, that's been my opinion every year in the 16 years I've been coaching. This time of year there's a lot of talk, and normally not a lot of activity."

    Clippers: Austin Rivers (ankle) might return to action Friday in Detroit. He has missed 18 games. ... The Clippers had a season-high 38 fast-break points in their previous game against the Bulls, the first game for Harris and Bradley with Los Angeles since they were acquired from Detroit. Doc Rivers said the up-tempo game was by design. "We told Tobias and Avery, it doesn't matter who gets it, that's the start of the break," he said. "We don't look for a point guard and then get the ball up the court. We're gone."


    The Clippers were in awe of Nowitzki's accomplishment.

    "That's crazy," said Doc Rivers. "It really is amazing. I mean, I don't know how he gets up in the morning. And he had hard minutes because he was the guy other teams were trying to attack every night."

    "Amazing," Gallinari said. "I've been playing against him not just in the NBA but overseas, so it's been a lot of battles, especially with the (Italian and German). national teams, too. He's a legend, a Hall of Famer. For us growing up in Europe, he's one of the best ever."


    Mavericks: End their four-game road trip Thursday at Golden State.

    Clippers: Play the first of seven consecutive road games Friday night in Detroit, where they will face former teammate Blake Griffin for the first time since he was traded.

    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Nowitzki on the Verge of Another Milestone]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:44:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-903144204.jpg

    Needless to say, it’s been nothing but a struggle for the Dallas Mavericks this season.  Their 17-36 record is the second-worst in the Western Conference. The Mavs are just 2-8 in their last 10 games going into tonight’s showdown out west against the Clippers. However, they are coming of a win in Sacramento against the Kings on Saturday that ended a five-game losing streak.

    There have been some bright spots in an otherwise dismal season with another instance happening later tonight in Hollywood.

    Once the game begins, Dirk Nowitzki will become just the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 career minutes. It’s a milestone that shows the longevity and impact Nowitzki has had with both the Mavs and in the NBA.

    The Face of the Mavs Franchise recently became the sixth player to join the exclusive 30,000-point club.  Nowitzki is the only European to win the NBA MVP and is a member of another exclusive club, players that have won both the MVP and Finals MVP honors. Every Mavs record basically belongs to Dirk.

    The 39-year old is averaging 12.1 PPG and 5.6 RPG in just over 24 minutes a game during his 20th season as a pro. He currently has the third-best effective field goal percentage of his career at 54.4 percent. Nowitzki is also shooting 42.9 percent from three-point land.

    So while the Mavericks continue down that lonely road to get back to the form that brought home an NBA championship in 2011, Nowitzki continues to be a model of consistency.

    Tip-off against the Clippers is at 9:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Use Big Run in Fourth Quarter to Rally Past Kings]]>Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:41:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/1517286395-MavsHeat_AL024_60884814_79881.jpg

    Yogi Ferrell made consecutive 3-pointers to spark a big run at the start of the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-99 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and seven rebounds while inching closer to another milestone in his illustrious NBA career. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points and Dwight Powell added 17 points and nine rebounds to help Dallas win in Sacramento for the first time in nearly three years.

    The Mavericks trailed by as much as 10 in the second half and were down 85-81 heading into the fourth before opening the final period on a 16-0 run. Devin Harris followed Ferrell's back-to-back 3s with a pair of layups, including one off a midcourt steal. After Nowitzki connected from deep, Harris made a 3-pointer to put Dallas up 97-85.

    Sacramento closed to 100-94 on a free throw by De'Aaron Fox with 2:45 remaining but Barnes made a driving one-handed dunk and a more traditional two-handed jam to help the Mavericks hold on.

    Dallas won for the second time in 10 games.

    Nowitzki played 26 minutes and needs six more to become sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 for his career, joining a list that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes.

    Fox and Temple had 15 points apiece for Sacramento. The Kings had not lost at home to the Mavericks since Feb. 5, 2015.

    Barnes and Nowitzki combined for the Mavericks' first 17 points of the game while making five 3-pointers, all of them uncontested.

    Dallas got a lift from Powell early in the second and Barnes added a fourth 3, but Buddy Hield hit a 13-foot runner to beat the shot clock buzzer with 6.9 seconds left and pull the Kings within 56-54 at halftime.


    Mavericks: Barnes' first 12 points came on 3-pointers. . Powell had three dunks in the third quarter, including on back-to-back possessions. . JJ Barea scored five points on 2-of-12 shooting and played 24 minutes in his return after missing the previous three games with a left oblique strain.

    Kings: Sacramento missed its first 10 shots in the fourth quarter. . Kosta Koufos started the third quarter in place of Randolph. Koufous finished with eight points and seven rebounds. . Jason Williams, who was a wildly popular player in Sacramento from 1998-2001, sat courtside next to owner Vivek Ranadive.


    Mavericks: Play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

    Kings: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

    Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks to Host Third Annual Mavs Ball in March]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:38:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+practice.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks will put on their best clothes next month for a good cause.

    The third annual Mavs Ball: A Blue Tie Affair will be held on March 3 at Canton Hall and The Factory Ballroom in Dallas. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in support for the Mavs Foundation.

    The entire Mavs team, along with head coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban, are expected to be in attendance. The festivities will include cocktails, a seated dinner, a live and silent auction and entertainment from comic Cedric the Entertainer.

    The Mavs Ball is the premier fundraiser for the Mavs Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving women, children and families in need across North Texas. This year's event will celebrate the 2017-2018 Mavs Foundation Grant Recipients: Austin Street Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, Bryan's House, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, BridgeBuilders, Minnie's Food Pantry, Phoenix House of Texas, St. Simons After-School, Unlikely Heroes and Vogel Alcove.

    To purchase tickets and tables for the event, or to view photos and video from last year's gala, visit mavs.com/mavsball.

    <![CDATA[Phoenix Suns Win Over Mavs Wednesday Night]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:05:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

    The end of the Phoenix Suns' five-game losing streak came with a sobering sidebar, a gruesome injury to backup point guard Isaiah Canaan.

    Rookie forward Josh Jackson matched his career best with 21 points and T.J. Warren added 20 as the Suns handed the Dallas Mavericks their fifth loss in a row, 102-88 on Wednesday night.

    But anyone who saw Canaan break his left ankle probably wished they hadn't.

    Driving to the basket in the final seconds of the first quarter, Canaan was fouled by Wesley Matthews and landed awkwardly. His left foot twisted almost 180 degrees in the wrong direction.

    As trainers rushed to Canaan, the crowd groaned and some of his shocked teammates covered their eyes or looked away. Phoenix guard Devin Booker pulled his jersey over his face.

    Team doctor Tom Carter rotated the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and said afterward that Canaan never uttered a word of pain. He was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off the court.

    "It's hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day. It's their friend on and off the court," Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. "I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing."

    Marquese Chriss had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who beat Dallas for the fourth time in a row dating to last season.

    After missing Monday night's game in Memphis with bruised ribs, Booker was back at point guard for Phoenix. He played 32 minutes and scored 15 points.

    "I think we were just playing with high energy," Booker said. "A lot of our points were in transition. Josh and T.J. ran the lanes and it started at the defensive end."

    Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17, Harrison Barnes 15 and Dirk Nowitzki 14 for the Mavericks, who shot just 36 percent.

    Booker opened the game with a 3-pointer and Phoenix never relinquished the lead.

    Danuel House made two 3s and Canaan and Jared Dudley one apiece in a 12-2 run that put the Suns up 35-14 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Phoenix led 36-17 after one.

    "Bad first quarter put us in a huge hole," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "The rest of the game was somewhat manageable but the first quarter, down by 19 points, is just too big a hole on the road."

    The Mavericks cut it to single digits twice in the second quarter and were down 57-46 at halftime. Phoenix dominated the third period, leading 81-58 after a 3 by Troy Daniels with 2:20 left.

    The Mavericks cut it to 91-84 on Smith's 3-pointer with 3:17 to go, but Booker responded with a three-point play to put Phoenix up 94-84. Dallas never got it to single digits again.


    Canaan, in his fifth NBA season, was signed Dec. 13 after being waived by Houston in October. He was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday, Triano said.

    "A guy who comes in here and battles every day," Booker said, "earned a spot on an NBA team after being in and out of the league. Tough break for him. Prayer out to him and his family."


    Mavericks: Matthews shot 2 of 17. ... Nowitzki played 27 minutes and is 32 shy of becoming the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 minutes in the regular season. ... Nowitzki's 1,462 career points in 70 regular-season games against Phoenix are fifth-most by any player against the Suns in their history.

    Suns: The 88 points scored by Dallas matched a season low for a Phoenix opponent. ... The four-game winning streak over Dallas is the Suns' longest against the Mavs since winning nine in a row from 1997-99. ... Chriss missed the previous game with a sprained ankle. ... The Suns set the NBA record on Monday in Memphis with a 3-pointer in their 1,109th consecutive game and made it 1,110 on Wednesday. Dallas previously held the record of 1,108.


    Mavericks: At the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

    Suns: Host the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Heat Complete Another Season Series Over Mavs With Win]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:28:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/1517286395-MavsHeat_AL024_60884814_79881.jpg

    Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Miami Heat completed another season series sweep of the Dallas Mavericks with a 95-88 victory Monday night.

    The Heat never trailed after Goran Dragic had a steal that led to Tyler Johnson's tiebreaking 3-pointer to make it 38-35 just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Their lead went to double-digits again after Whiteside had consecutive baskets midway through the third quarter.

    Harrison Barnes had 20 points and Wesley Matthews 19 for the Mavericks (16-35), who have dropped four games in a row and seven of eight overall.

    This is the 14th time in their 30 seasons that the Heat, who beat Dallas 113-101 at home on Dec. 22, have swept the regular-season series. These teams twice met in the NBA Finals, with Miami getting its first championship in 2006 and the Mavs winning their only title in 2011.

    Miami (29-21) led 51-41 when Josh Richardson hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left in the first half. But the Mavs trimmed that in half when rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made a defended buzzer-beating 3-pointer from about 27 feet to make it 51-46. James Johnson had a hand up in front of Smiths' face with Whiteside coming from the side.

    Richardson had 14 points for the Heat, while Gragic had 13 and Kelly Olynyk 12.

    Smith scored 14 for Dallas, and Nowitzki 10.


    Heat: Whiteside had his 18th double-double this season. ... For the second game in a row, Miami won to complete a season sweep. The Heat beat Charlotte on Saturday night to complete a four-game series sweep. ... The only team the Heat have swept more in the regular season is Sacramento at 15 times. The lost to the Kings already this season.

    Mavericks: Nowitziki has now played 49,941 minutes, only 59 shy of becoming only the sixth player in NBA history with 50,000 career minutes. Elvin Hayes had exactly 50,000 career minutes, and former Mavs guard Jason Kidd is fourth on the league's career list at 50,111. "It's a very staggering accomplishment and done with such grace and such little hype that it's probably very much taken for granted," coach Rick Carlisle said. ... G J.J. Barea missed his second straight game because of a left oblique strain.


    Miami still has three games left on its four-game trip, and play Cleveland on Wednesday night.

    The Mavericks hit the road for four games over nine nights, starting Wednesday at Phoenix.

    Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News]]>
    <![CDATA[Smith Not Feeling Any Pressure During Rookie Season ]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:57:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_smith_feels_good_1200x675_1148707907518.jpg

    Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. isn't feeling the pressure or fatigue during the first half of his rookie season. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Jokic Has Triple-Double as Nuggets Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:35:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-911218046.jpg

    Nikola Jokic completed his second triple-double with a late jumper to put Denver ahead, and the Nuggets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 91-89 on Saturday night.

    Jokic had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Gary Harris scored 24 to help Denver rally from nine points down in the fourth quarter for its third straight victory.

    Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was healthy but did not start for an undisclosed reason. After averaging 26.7 points in his previous three games, he struggled early Saturday before scoring all 15 of his points in the second half.

    The Mavericks were missing guards J.J. Barea (oblique strain) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) but played well without them. They faltered down the stretch, going 4:27 without a field goal late in the game.

    Harrison Barnes had 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for Dallas. The Mavericks have lost three in a row.

    Dallas trailed by 12 early but quickly erased the deficit and took a three-point lead in the second quarter. The Mavericks went on a 16-1 run to end the third and take a 74-66 lead.

    Denver rallied to get back into it, and Jokic drained a jumper from the top of the key to give the Nuggets a 91-89 lead with 1:12 left. Barnes missed a 3-pointer, but an offensive foul was called on Jokic with 12.7 seconds left. After Mason Plumlee blocked Smith's layup out of bounds, Wesley Matthews missed a 3 at the buzzer.


    Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said he hopes Barea's oblique injury is not a long-term issue. "I hope it's a one-nighter," he said. "It happened on a freakish play (Friday) night where he was reaching for the ball." ... Harris missed his second straight game for personal reasons and fourth in a row overall. He had missed the previous two games with a concussion.

    Nuggets: F Wilson Chandler left in the first half due to illness and did not return. ... F Tyler Lydon had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Lydon was hurt Wednesday while playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a G League game.


    Mavericks: Host the Miami Heat on Monday night.

    Nuggets: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Lillard Leads Trail Blazers Past Mavericks]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:09:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

    Damian Lillard scored 28 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Dallas Mavericks 107-93 on Friday night.

    C.J. McCollum added 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 12 for the Trail Blazers (27-22), who have won four of their past five games -- including two wins against the Mavericks. Ed Davis had 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

    Portland played without forward Evan Turner, who was out for personal reasons. Maurice Harkless started in his place and had five points in 17 minutes.

    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 for the Mavericks (16-33) in the first game of a back-to-back. Dallas travels to Denver for a road contest Saturday.

    Wesley Matthews added 12 points for the Mavericks.

    The Trail Blazers led 52-44 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. Dallas was as close as two points -- 65-63 -- in the third quarter, but used a 20-4 run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.


    Trail Blazers: Portland leads the all-time series 82-70 and has won three straight against Dallas.

    Mavericks: G Seth Curry still has yet to play this season due to a leg injury. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Friday that he expects Curry to play this season, but doesn't know when. ... The Mavericks debuted their "City" Edition jersey, a black jersey with neon blue and green trim.


    Trail Blazers: visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

    Mavericks: visit the Denver Nuggets on Saturday to complete a back-to-back.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Harden, Rockets Make It 6 Straight Over Mavs]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:50:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-909893420.jpg

    James Harden scored 25 points after getting named to his sixth straight Western Conference All-Star team and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-97 on Wednesday night.

    Trevor Ariza had 23 points as the Rockets beat their Texas rivals for the sixth straight time, a streak that started with a four-game sweep last season. Houston won its fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine.

    Eric Gordon scored 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Southwest Division-leading Houston was up and down from beyond the arc, going 10 of 14 in the first quarter and 2 of 15 in the second.

    The Rockets finished two shy of their season high in 3s, going 21 of 51. Harden shot 6 of 10 and Ariza was 5 of 14. Chris Paul went 3 of 8 and had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

    Wesley Matthews matched his season high with 29 points for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games since a season-best four-game winning streak that helped lift them out of last place in the West. Yogi Ferrell scored 19, going 4 of 5 from long range.

    Ariza, who combined with Harden and Chris Paul to go 9 of 10 from 3-point range in the first quarter, was suspended two games for entering the Clippers' locker room after a feisty game in Paul's first game against his former team since the offseason trade that sent him to Houston.

    Clint Capela had 16 points and 13 rebounds. That included an alley-oop dunk on a pass from near midcourt by Harden in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets took their biggest lead at 20 after a 15-point edge in the first 6 minutes was cut to six at halftime.

    NO CP3

    Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't thrilled that Paul was left off the All-Star team. The nine-time All-Star missed 14 games with a left knee injury and another three with a left abductor strain. But the Rockets are 24-5 in games he has played, and won his first 15 starts. He entered the Dallas game averaging 19.1 points, 8.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. "People that should be watching games don't watch the games and see how important a guy is," D'Antoni said. "It's perplexing."


    Rockets: Capela extended a career best with his 11th straight double-digit scoring game, and the Rockets improved to 16-2 when he scores at least 15. ... Houston was just 11 of 23 on free throws, in part because Harden, an 87 percent free-throw shooter, matched his season low with two attempts.

    Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. was chosen for the Rising Stars game, and coach Rick Carlisle has been campaigning for him to be in the dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Smith is among rookie leaders in points, assists and steals. ... G Kyle Collinsworth was signed to a second 10-day contract. ... G Devin Harris, who has been in the concussion protocol, missed his second straight game and will be out at least two more, coach Rick Carlisle said. ... Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points in a season-low 15 minutes.


    Rockets: At New Orleans on Friday.

    Mavericks: Portland at home on Friday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Face Tough Test Against Houston Rockets]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:51:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_AND_FERRELL_ON_ROCKETS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1145019459981.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks take on the Southwest Division-leading Houston Rockets Wednesday night. Yogi Ferrell and head coach Rick Carlisle breakdown the challenges of facing Chris Paul and James Harden.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Slow Recent Slide With Season Sweep of Wizards]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:29:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-908987586.jpg

    Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 10 rebounds, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and the Dallas Mavericks finished a season sweep of playoff-contending Washington, beating the Wizards 98-75 on Monday night.

    The Mavericks slowed a recent slide that had them headed back to the bottom of the Western Conference, ending their second three-game losing streak since the start of January.

    Barnes, who scored a season-best 31 points in a 113-99 win at Washington in November, was 9 of 16 from the field.

    The Mavericks held the high-scoring backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal to 28 percent shooting. Beal scored 18 and Wall had 11 -- the only double-digit scorers for the Wizards -- as the guards combined to go 8 of 29 from the field.

    Wall missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Washington went 7 of 32 from long range (22 percent) and shot 31 percent overall. The Wizards had their second-lowest point total behind a 116-69 loss at Utah in December.

    The Mavericks held an opponent to season lows in points in the first half (37) and the game.

    Dirk Nowitzki had just two points when he converted a four-point play to start the fourth quarter to give Dallas its biggest lead to that point at 75-54.

    Nowitzki, who finished with eight points and nine rebounds, hit his 3 before the foul by Mike Scott from the same left corner where Yogi Ferrell connected at the third-quarter buzzer. Ferrell scored 14 points along with Wesley Matthews, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

    Smith, who also had a game-high six assists, scored his first points on a 360-degree dunk and later in the first half soared between Wall and Otto Porter Jr. for a layup.


    Wizards: F Markieff Morris and coach Scott Brooks got technicals in the first half. Morris was complaining about no-calls on fouls after he was called for one when he knocked the ball loose as Smith was going up for a dunk on a 3-on-1 break. Brooks got his in the final seconds of the half, not long after Morris was called for an offensive foul. ... Porter left with a right hip strain and didn't return.

    Mavericks: C Salah Mejri was ejected after getting two technicals when he kept arguing with official David Guthrie despite Matthews trying to push him away. Rick Carlisle wasn't happy with Mejri, yelling at him to get off the floor when Mejri tried to tell his coach he didn't say anything. "Yeah you did," Carlisle shot back. ... J.J. Barea was called for a technical while he and Wall exchanged words following a foul on Barea in the fourth quarter. ... G Devin Harris is in the concussion protocol and missed the game. He was injured in Saturday's loss at Portland.


    Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Thursday in fourth game of five-game trip, tied for their longest of the season. The teams will finish the two-game season series five days later in Washington.

    Mavericks: Host Houston on Wednesday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Sharp-Shooting Lillard Gets 31 Points, Blazers Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:29:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

    Damian Lillard tried to make a final statement as the NBA All-Star roster deadline nears.

    The Portland guard hit his first nine shots -- including seven 3-pointers -- and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.

    Lillard, who didn't miss a shot until late in the third quarter, went 10 of 15 from the floor and handed out nine assists to lead Portland. Backcourt mate CJ McCollum scored 26 points, while Evan Turner had 17 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 13.

    Portland tied a season high with 18 3-pointers. Six Blazers made at least two each, led by Lillard's seven.

    NBA All-Star reserves, voted by the coaches, will be announced Tuesday. Portland's next game isn't until Monday, and by then, many coaches will have already voted. Saturday's performance might have been Lillard's last All-Star statement.

    Lillard didn't see Saturday's game as an All-Star audition, but rather, what he's supposed to do.

    "I gotta play at a certain way and perform at a certain level for us to be able to win games," he said. "That's why my job is. I don't have anything else to say about it."

    Turner spoke up on Lillard's behalf.

    "He's been playing at a high level," Turner said. "An All-Star level. They screwed him the last two years, right? When's the make-up call? They owe him a couple. That's case enough."

    Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 23 points. Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points each, with Nowitzki setting a season high.

    Portland led by 18 points in the second half but had trouble putting away the pesky Mavericks. Dallas whittled away at Portland's advantage during the fourth quarter, getting as close as five points with 36 seconds remaining. A dunk by the Blazers' Ed Davis with 17 seconds left put the Mavericks away.

    Portland led 62-45 at halftime, after the Blazers shot 57 percent (24 of 42) during the first half.

    "First half, I thought was bad. Second half was very good. You've got to play both halves, so we've got to get a better start," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

    Portland led 33-20 after the first quarter, and its dominance was particularly evidence on the final two baskets. Shabazz Napier stripped J.J. Barea at midcourt and finished with a rare dunk. Seconds later, McCollum had a layup after blowing by Yogi Ferrell so quickly the Dallas guard fell to the ground.


    Mavericks: Barea returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game at Denver. He scored 12 points. ... This is the second time this season Dallas has had a four-day break in between games. The Mavericks are 0-2 in that situation. ... Devin Harris suffered a head injury during the first half and didn't return.

    Trail Blazers: Matthews left the Blazers for Dallas following the 2014-15 season, but he's still popular in Portland, as fans warmly cheered him during pregame introductions. ... Last season, Lillard averaged 28.3 points in three games against the Mavericks.


    The game got chippy down the stretch, with three technical fouls during the final five minutes. The most prominent happened after Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic and Dallas' Salah Mejri became entangled under the basket. As the two released, Mejri flew to the ground. After consulting the television monitor, Nurkic was assessed a technical.

    "I thought he locked my arm and I didn't like that. So I let him know - dirty plays - I don't like that," Nurkic said. "The refs are going to do what they're going to do. He got fouled and then he locked my arm on purpose. That's not good."


    Mavericks: Monday night at home against Washington

    Trail Blazers: Monday night at Denver.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Wants in the NBA Dunk Contest]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:44:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-dunk.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. has all the requirements for being a next-level dunker.

    And yes, part of that is because he can get to that next level with his cartoon-character hops that elevate him to the rim and beyond while others feel gravity’s grip much sooner.

    But the Mavericks’ rookie also has the youth, desire and creativity to be an artist when it comes to dunking the basketball in ways that make us go ooh and ahh. That’s why he’s OK with putting the onus on the

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Should the Dallas Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. be in the Dunk Contest? Vote in the poll at the top right.

    If the NBA picks him and he agrees he would be the 3rd Maverick to be in the contest. The last player was Michael Finley in 1997. Finley still works for the Mavs, He came in 3rd place in 1997.

    Before him it was Tony Dumas in 1995  and he has a small piece of history in that he hurt a knee while trying to do a dunk he called the “Texas Twister.” That fueled the fire for players who believe that being in the dunk contest is an unnecessary risk to their bodies.

    Photo Credit: James Ham
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    <![CDATA[Grambling Band to Perform During Mavs African-American Night]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:06:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks will host the "World Famed" Grambling Tiger Marching Band Friday during African-American heritage night.

    The annual event starts at 5:30 P.M. with a pre-game mixer in the Budweiser EIGTHEEN76 Lounge and will conclude with a postgame after-party presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey featuring DJ Steve Nice in the Lexus Club (game ticket required for both events).

    African-American Heritage Night is a fundraiser for UNCF and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Inc. and a portion of the proceeds raised from this special ticket offer will go toward scholarships provided by UNCF and NPHC.

    Throughout the night, the Mavs, local Historical Black College and Universities (HBCU) Alumni and the National Pan-Hellenic Council will host Greek Night for the Dallas Alumni Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta.

    All members of Greek organizations are encouraged to wear their Greek paraphernalia at the game.  
    At halftime, Grambling's “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band will perform.
    For ticket information visit mavs.com/AAHN.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Jokic's Big Night Helps Nuggets Hold off Mavericks]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:56:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-905806522.jpg

    Michael Malone wasn't all that thrilled about the lack of composure in the final quarter. Or all the turnovers. Or the shot selection. Or even the defense.

    Still, he won't quibble with the outcome.

    "We survived," Denver's coach said.

    Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, Gary Harris hit two late free throws and the Nuggets held off the Dallas Mavericks 105-102 on Tuesday night after nearly blowing a 23-point lead.

    "We lost focus in the fourth quarter and we gave them a chance to come back in the game," Jokic said. "That was bad."

    The Nuggets led 82-59 with 4:04 left in the third before Dallas staged a massive comeback. The Mavericks cut the deficit to one on a three-point play by Dennis Smith Jr. with 10.4 seconds remaining. After Harris made two free throws, the Mavericks had a chance for a last-second shot, but Dwight Powell couldn't corral a long pass as the buzzer sounded.

    "We never give up," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "There are some things to build on here."

    So, what exactly changed in the fourth?

    "I don't know. I'll have to go back and watch film to figure it out," said Smith, who finished with 25 points.

    The Nuggets unraveled during a fourth quarter in which they were outscored 33-19. They turned the ball over several times, leading to 10 points, hit just 3 of 7 free throws and allowed Dallas to drain three 3-pointers.

    "I thought we looked like a poorly coached team in that fourth quarter," Malone said. "I take that very personally. We all have to be better down the stretch. If that game is 10 seconds longer, we probably lose.

    "But I'm not going to say it's a complete waste -- we got a win. I'm proud of our guys for having enough fortitude down the stretch to get the win."

    Harris finished with 25 points and Will Barton added 22 for the Nuggets, who won for just the second time in six games.

    Trying to address the issue of slow starts, Malone tweaked the starting lineup by inserting Barton and sending Mason Plumlee to the bench. The change worked as Denver led at halftime. That's significant because it halted a streak of seven straight games in which the Nuggets trailed at intermission.

    Denver made protecting the paint a point of emphasis in this contest. When the Mavericks beat the Nuggets 122-105 on Dec. 4, they dominated points in the paint with 64. That figure comes with a caveat -- Jokic was sidelined with an ankle sprain.

    This time, Dallas had 42.

    Harris and Jokic combined to score Denver's opening 22 points, before Plumlee got in the scoring act with a free throw late in the first quarter.


    Mavericks: J.J. Barea sat out with a strained groin. ... F Harrison Barnes contributed 17 points, while reserve Devin Harris had 16.

    Nuggets: The team had two buzzer-beaters -- Barton on a 3-pointer to end the first quarter and Jokic with a tip-in to close out the second. ... Jokic had seven assists.


    Carlisle said it's looking like at least February until Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee), Nerlens Noel (left thumb) and Seth Curry (left tibia) return.

    "Right now Nerlens is on track to be on the floor before any of them," Carlisle said. "If all goes well it's very possible he could be back playing in the first week of February."


    A reason for Denver's disparity between its home record (16-5) and road mark (7-16) is plain, old youth.

    "It's our reality. Jamal (Murray) is 20. That's not an excuse, he's 20 years old," Malone said. "We have a lot of young players and we have to help them get through these tough times."


    Malone isn't worried about Jokic's up-and-down performances. All part of his learning curve.

    "This is his third year in the NBA. He was a second-round pick. Now all of a sudden people want him to be Superman," Malone said. "Very few players in NBA history come in their first, second and third year and put a franchise on their back. What you love about Nikola is he doesn't shy from it."


    Mavericks: At the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

    Cavaliers: Travel to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Home Losses Continue to Frustrate Dirk, Mavericks]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:24:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_dirk_frustrations_1200x675_1138214979561.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki discusses the Mavericks' frustration concerning their poor home record this season. The Mavericks are 9-14 in downtown Dallas. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Discuss What MLK Day Means to Them]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:18:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavericks_discuss_mlk_day_1200x675_1137467971892.jpg

    Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowtizki explain to NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs what Martin Luther King Jr. Day means to them. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Randle Leads Lakers Past Mavericks in Overtime]]>Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:21:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/mavericks+lakers+sunday.jpg

    With a matinee game in the middle of a road trip, Dallas native Julius Randle had a rare opportunity to enjoy a night off in his hometown.   

    He already had a good afternoon.   

    Randle had 23 points and 15 rebounds, including a follow shot late in overtime that helped the Los Angeles Lakers seal a 107-101 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday.   

    "Yeah, I'm going to enjoy it for sure," Randle said. "I've got my little man here, got my wife here, my family. I'm going to enjoy this night."   

    With his team leading 104-101, Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead they preserved to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games.   

    "That's a tough place to win, so it's a good job getting this win on the road," Randle said.   

    The Lakers (15-27) trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter, but battled back for their first win against the Mavericks in 15 tries and their first victory in Dallas since Feb. 24, 2013.   

    "We just didn't want to lose," guard Jordan Clarkson said.   

    Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17.   

    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 23 points, 17 in the first half, as the Mavericks (15-29) had a two-game win streak snapped. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews each had 17 points for Dallas.   

    Randle scored six points in overtime, including a fadeaway shot with 2:35 remaining that gave the Lakers a 102-99 lead.   

    "He was just being a beast tonight," Smith said. "Using his power all game, he was relentless. So it worked out pretty well for them."   

    Each team had a chance to win the game in final seconds of regulation.   

    Barnes made a pull-up jumper in the paint to tie the game at 95 with 5.9 seconds remaining. The Lakers called a timeout but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer.   

    "I told them going into overtime, `All right, it's time to regroup now,"' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "They made some tough shots (at the end of regulation), and now it's time to refocus. We've been in overtime games before, and let's take it possession by possession."   

    There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the game, and the Lakers turned it into a close game when they orchestrated a 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, erasing the 80-70 lead that Dallas had taken early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki.   

    "We gave up the 10-point lead in the fourth, we obviously lost some defensive edge there," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We just weren't able to stop them. That was really it."   

    Los Angeles played most of the game without Brandon Ingram, who had four points in the first half before a sprained left ankle pulled him from the game. 

     "It's a mild ankle sprain, day-to-day. I think they took him back to get some X-rays. I don't know that part of it, but he's day-to-day right now," Walton said. "We're obviously hopeful that he'll be able to get back with us because we need what he does out there on the court."   


    Lakers: The Lakers' four-game win streak comes after a season-worst, nine-game skid.   

    Mavericks: G Kyle Collingsworth was signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday. Collingsworth was originally signed to a two-way contract by Dallas on Dec. 19 but had been waived on Jan. 10 after playing in four games.   


    Kuzma had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kuzma also had three assists and a steal in 36 minutes off the bench.   

    MOVING UP   

    Nowitzki passed former Laker Jerry West with his 7,161st career free throw made in the second quarter, taking sole possession of sixth in NBA history. Nowitzki finished 3 for 4 from the line and now has 7,163 makes in his career. Michael Jordan ranks fifth all-time with 7,327 made free throws.   

    UP NEXT   

    Lakers: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.   

    Mavericks: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[4-Year-Old With Hearing Implant Hears Mavs' Drummers]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:59:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hearing_Mavs_Drummers_10p.jpg

    A North Texas family shared a special moment from Tuesday night's Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center.

    Four-year-old Jace Aguilar lost his hearing as a toddler, but he has a brand-new cochlear implant that has restored much of his hearing.

    His mother, Brenda Aguilar, says the implant is working great.

    She shared a video with NBC 5 showing Jace hearing the Mavs' drum line perform for the very first time.

    His mom says Jace loves basketball and hopes to start playing soon.

    <![CDATA[Barnes, Ferrell Lead Mavericks Past Hornets]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:51:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627063898.jpg

    Harrison Barnes had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Yogi Ferrell made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks fended off fatigue to beat a fresh Charlotte Hornets team 115-111 on Wednesday night.

    Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points for the Mavericks, and Dennis Smith Jr. had 15.

    The Mavericks were playing their third game in four days, while the Hornets were coming off a four-day layoff. But Dallas showed no signs of wearing down in the fourth quarter, repeatedly thwarting Charlotte's attempts to take the lead.

    Kemba Walker had 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting for the Hornets. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, but was an anemic 5 of 18 from the foul line which proved costly in a close game.

    Charlotte trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Lamb buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull the Hornets even with 9 minutes left.

    But the Hornets could never grab the lead.

    The big play came with 2 minutes remaining when Salah Mejri ripped an offensive rebound away from Howard and kicked out a pass to Ferrell, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Mavericks a 5-point lead.

    Barnes followed with a long 3 on the next possession.

    The Hornets weren't done though, battling back to cut the lead to 111-110 with 31 seconds left on a pair of layups by Walker, including one off a half-court steal.

    But after a miss by Walker, Barnes put the game away with two free throws with 10 seconds left.

    TIP INS:

    Mavericks: The team was awarded two-way forward Jalen Jones on a waiver claim. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on two-way guard Kyle Collinsworth. Jones appeared in four games for the New Orleans Pelicans as a rookie this season, averaging 1.3 points per game.

    Hornets: Hornets assistant head coach Stephen Silas said backup center Cody Zeller is "not very close" to returning to action following his left knee injury. "He just started doing some spot shooting, but he's not very close," Silas said.

    UP NEXT:

    Mavericks: Host Lakers on Saturday.

    Hornets: Host Jazz on Friday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Beat Magic, Stop 3-Game Slide]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:52:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-903144204.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. each scored 20 points, and Dallas Mavericks stopped a three-game slide by beating the Orlando Magic 114-99 on Tuesday night.

    Wesley Matthews had 16 points for Dallas, which got its first win since Dec. 31 against Oklahoma City. Harrison Barnes and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 points apiece, and J.J. Barea had 12 assists and eight points.

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle earned his 708th career win, moving past John MacLeod for 17th in NBA history. Next up for Carlisle is Gene Shue, who has 784 wins.

    Aaron Gordon scored 19 points for Orlando, which has lost five in a row. D.J. Augustin had 18 points, and Marreese Speights finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Magic led 48-43 at halftime, but Nowitzki and Smith helped the Mavericks rally with 15 points apiece in the second half.

    Leading 66-64 with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter, Ferrell made a pull-up jumper and Barnes followed with another jump shot. The Mavs carried an 82-75 lead into the fourth.

    The Magic pulled within four in the final period before the Mavericks closed out the game with a 14-3 run in the final four minutes.

    Dallas shot 51.8 percent from the floor. Orlando shot 45.6 percent and had 13 turnovers in sloppy offensive performance.


    Magic: F Wes Iwundu and C Kehm Birch were recalled from the G League.

    Mavericks: Dallas has not lost a regular-season series to Orlando since the 1997-98 season. The final scheduled meeting between the teams is April 4 in Orlando.


    Magic: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Carlisle Stands By Comments on ESPN Article]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:53:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlisle+epsn+article.jpg

    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is not backing down from recent comments over an ESPN article that quoted Lavar Ball as saying the Los Angeles Lakers won't play for head coach Luke Walton. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Lewisville Fan Wins Sweepstakes, Meets Dirk Nowitzki]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:30:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

    A die-hard Mavericks fan from Lewisville had a once in a lifetime experience over the weekend, thanks to a line of new sandwiches.

    Rebecca Valera got a chance to meet Dirk Nowtizki and watch the Mavericks take on the Knicks on Sunday after being named the winner in the “Win a Day With Dirk,” created by Dallas-based Which Wich.

    In October, Which Wich partnered with the Mavericks superstar to roll out the new line of sandwiches benefiting his charitable organization, The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. The “DirkWiches” is to celebrate Nowtizki’s 20 years in Dallas.

    The sweepstakes was created where Valera and her family received VIP tickets to the game, dinner at the Jack Daniel’s club, tour the Mavs locker room and meet Nowitzki.

    The Mavericks lost to 100-96 to the Knicks. They are back on the court Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Dallas.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Happy About Harper's Jersey Retirement]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:31:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_chats_about_harper_retired_jersey_1200x675_1132229187510.jpg

    Dirk Nowtizki talks about his excitement over the Mavericks retiring Derek Harper's No. 12 jersey and the Dallas teams of the 1980's. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Porzingis, Jack Help Knicks Edge Mavs to End Skid at 3]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 23:10:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/189*120/GettyImages-902379666.jpg

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points and Jarrett Jack made the tiebreaking basket with 31.2 seconds left as the New York Knicks beat the Dallas Mavericks 100-96 on Sunday night.

    Kyle O'Quinn had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Enes Kanter added 13 points and 18 boards for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing streak and sent the Mavericks to their third straight loss -- all at home.

    Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and Devin Harris had nine of his 11 in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks made yet another rally on the night they honored their long-time point guard Derek Harper by retiring his jersey.

    Dallas never led in the game, and after coming up just short in furious fourth-quarter rallies against Golden State and Chicago earlier in their homestand, the Mavericks made another run after falling behind 90-77 with 4:48 to go.

    Harris hit 3-pointers to start and end a 15-2 run over a 2:20 span to tie the score at 92. After Porzingis made two free throws and Barnes hit a short jumper, Jack used a screen to penetrate into the lane and drop in a floater.

    J.J. Barea missed a long 3 that would have given Dallas the lead, and Courtney Lee hit four free throws in the final 16.6 seconds to seal it.

    Kanter and Porzingis combined for 24 points in the first half. New York took a 56-52 halftime lead on the strength of 56 percent shooting, despite a sequence where Kanter missed a short hook shot and then four consecutive tips.

    New York built its lead to 73-63 midway through the third quarter before the Mavericks closed the quarter on an 8-2 run.

    But after Harris' three-point play cut the lead to 77-74 with 11:27 to play, Dallas did not score again for five minutes as the Knicks built the lead to 13.


    The Mavericks retired Harper's No. 12, the third Dallas player to be so honored. Harper's jersey joins those of his former teammates Brad Davis (No. 15) and Rolando Blackman (No. 22) in the rafters. Harper played 12 seasons in a 16-year career with the Mavericks, ranking fourth in the team's history in points and first in assists and steals. Harper also made the NBA Finals with the Knicks in 1994 and is now the analyst on Mavericks' TV broadcasts.

    "I couldn't be more pleased for one of the best competitors I ever played against or saw play," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "It's interesting with Derek's number going into the rafters tonight and with Dennis Smith Jr., here. Going forward, I would love to see Dennis continue to develop his competitiveness, particularly at the defensive end, the way Derek did."


    Knicks: The Knicks guaranteed the contract of Jack for the remainder of the season. Jack has averaged seven points and six assists for New York. "He's helped bring some veteran leadership to our young guys," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Early in the season, he was able to kind of direct traffic offensively, telling guys where to go all the time until they really learned it well."

    Mavericks: Davis and Blackman were among the former Mavericks in attendance, and 86-year-old Dick Motta, the Mavericks' coach from 1980-87 and 1994-96, spoke at the ceremony.


    Knicks: Return home to play Chicago on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: Host Orlando on Tuesday to conclude a four-game homestand.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Retire Derek Harper's No. 12 Jersey]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:48:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_harper_retired_jersey_1200x675_1131523651933.jpg

    During halftime of the Mavericks' game against the New York Knicks, the team retired former point guard Derek Harper's No 12 jersey. Harper spoke about the occasion afterwards. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Rick Carlisle Rips Recent ESPN Article]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:58:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlisle_rips_espn_article_1200x675_1131420227718.jpg

    Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle did not hold back when asked about a recent ESPN article that quoted Lavar Ball saying the Los Angeles Lakers won't play for head coach Luke Walton. Carlisle is the head of the NBA Coaches Association. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Dunn Scores Career-High 32 as Bulls Hold Off Mavs]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:47:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272212.jpg

    Kris Dunn scored a career-high 32 points, Justin Holiday added 23 and the Chicago Bulls held off a frantic Dallas rally in a 127-124 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night.

    Rookie Lauri Markkanen had 16 with an emphatic follow-up dunk during a surge that put the Bulls up 10 with 1:08 to play.

    The Mavericks slowly trimmed the deficit with full-court pressure and fouls in the final minute. Dallas actually had a shot to tie, but Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer at the buzzer was short. The teams combined for 35 points in the final 68 seconds.

    Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 24 points and Harrison Barnes had 23 in a fitting matchup of teams having nearly identical seasons -- miserable starts followed by respectable recoveries that pulled each out of last place in its conference.

    Dunn hit a jumper to start a 16-4 run that ended with Nikola Mirotic's layup on an assist from Dunn for a 114-104 lead.

    The Mavericks fouled the Bulls eight times in the final minute-plus, and the Bulls made all 13 free throws. But Dallas chipped away by getting three points on four different possessions, capped by Dennis Smith Jr. He missed from beyond the arc but hit an even longer one after an offensive rebound by Barnes to get within 125-124.

    Dallas quickly fouled Holiday, who made both free throws with 2.6 seconds left before Ferrell's miss from the left wing after a long inbound pass was relayed to him. The Bulls outscored the Mavericks 47-36 in the fourth quarter.

    Holiday (5 of 6) and Dunn (4 of 5) combined to go 9 of 11 from 3-point range as the Bulls shot 50 percent (14 of 28) from beyond the arc.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and was 3 of 3 from long range, including one to give the Mavericks their final lead at 100-98. Smith scored 10 of his 15 in the final 44 seconds, including a dunk after a steal that helped give Dallas a chance at the buzzer.


    Bulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg said G Zach LaVine (left knee) was still on schedule for his possible season debut in about a week. LaVine had a light day of shooting and will get another full workout Saturday. It's possible he could play in the G League first. ... Dunn, in his second season, topped his previous best of 24 on Nov. 28 against Phoenix. ... Mirotic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    Mavericks: Matthews had his second straight 20-point game, matching his previous total for the season. ... J.J. Barea had 11 points and nine assists. ... Dwight Powell scored 13 before fouling out during the frantic final minute.


    Bulls: At Indiana on Saturday.

    Mavericks: Knicks at home Sunday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mark Cuban Made a Power Move That Changed the Mavericks]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:24:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-470272300.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks 18 years ago. NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor talk about Cuban's accomplishments as an owner.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs No Longer Known as 'Little Cows' in China]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:09:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese name for the team -- one that's a little easier to rally behind.

    For nearly two decades, the team said Thursday, the Mavericks name has been translated into Chinese as ... "Little Cows."

    Well, that's no more. Going forward, the team will be known as ,"独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes” and is pronounced as Sue-Sing-Sha.

    The name was selected by Chinese fans who took part in an online vote through Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. Twitter is one of many popular websites banned in the communist nation.

    Anyhow, from the initial votes three finalists were selected -- 独行侠 (“Lone Ranger Heroes”), 烈驹 (“Fierce Colts”) and 狂马 (“Wild Horses”).

    Chinese fans again took to Weibo and chose their favorite. After more than 100,000 votes were cast -- Lone Ranger Heroes was selected as the new moniker.

    “This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Mavericks’ long legacy in China,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “With this Chinese name change, we’ve made history by giving our Chinese-speaking fans the opportunity to redefine our identity. I think that fans will be proud of this new name.”

    The team posted an intense video on their page showcasing the new name -- and how to say it properly. See it here.

    Over the years the Mavericks have cultivated a good relationship NBA fans in China. The team was the first to draft a Chinese-born player, Wang Zhizhi in 1999, and the team continues to engage with NBA fans in the country via social media, content and events.

    You can find the Mavericks on Weibo here.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Curry's Late 3 Lifts Warriors Over Competitive Mavericks]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:41:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901025094.jpg

    Stephen Curry hit a long 3-pointer with three seconds to play, sending the Golden State Warriors to a 125-122 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

    Curry finished with 32 points as Golden State's "Big Four" combined for 100 points -- and the Warriors needed every one of them against a Mavericks team that had won four straight.

    Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 25 points each, and Draymond Green added 18 to go with 10 rebounds.

    Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 22 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Dwight Powell tied his career high with 21.

    Dallas, playing from behind most of the game, wouldn't go away and erased a 12-point deficit with 4:32 to play, tying the score at 120 on Harrison Barnes' jumper with 39.9 seconds left.

    Thompson and Barnes traded inside baskets before the Warriors got the ball back with 12 seconds to go. Curry took the inbounds pass and never gave it up, crossing over his dribble to shake a defender and hitting nothing but net.

    A long heave by Dennis Smith Jr. at the buzzer was way off.

    The Mavericks, who despite their 13-26 record have won or played close against most of the NBA's best teams, had lost their previous two meetings with the Warriors by a combined 45 points.

    This time, Dallas fought back from deficits of 12 in the first half and nine in the third quarter, taking a lead at 84-83 on Devin Harris' 3-pointer with 3:40 to play in the period.

    Patrick McCaw's layup just before the buzzer gave Golden State a 91-89 edge entering the fourth, and Green opened the final quarter with a three-point play as the Warriors rebuilt their lead to double digits before the final Mavs rally.

    Golden State extended its road winning streak to eight games. The Warriors haven't lost away from Oracle Arena since before Thanksgiving.


    Warriors: Played without Andre Iguodala (back and hip strain) and Omri Casspi (back strain). Casspi's injury occurred during shootaround on Wednesday morning. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala would likely play Thursday at Houston. ... Thompson's second-quarter 3 marked the 92nd straight game in which he's made at least one, the third-longest streak in NBA history. ... Golden State has won nine in a row and 16 of 17 in the series.

    Mavericks: Reserve center Nerlens Noel had his cast removed Tuesday following left thumb surgery on Dec. 8. Noel hasn't played since Nov. 22 and has scored just 72 points in 18 games for the team.


    Warriors: At Houston on Thursday in a matchup between the West's top teams. The Rockets beat the Warriors 122-121 on opening night in Oakland.

    Mavericks: Host Chicago on Friday. The Mavericks have won four straight against the Bulls.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Barnes Leads Mavericks Past Thunder for 4th Straight Win]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 03:35:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/AP_18001046620715.jpg

    Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made the plays down the stretch in a point guard matchup otherwise dominated by Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

    Smith scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 1:39 and Dallas closed 2017 with its season-best fourth straight win, beating Oklahoma City 116-113 on Sunday night.

    Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 for Dallas, which had lost four straight in Oklahoma City and seven of nine overall against the Thunder.

    "He was great tonight," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith. "He finished the game with a couple of big baskets, some big free throws. Look, it was an up-and-down night, there was a lot going on. ... He went through some situations that were very difficult but he kept his energy up, he kept his head up, he kept attacking and he kept encouraging everybody in the huddles during timeouts, too."

    Dallas won despite Westbrook recording his 12th triple-double of the season with 38 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. The Thunder had been 11-3 in December before consecutive home losses to Milwaukee and Dallas to end the month.

    Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony had 21 for Oklahoma City, combining to go 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Despite their hot shooting, Westbrook took the big shots late for OKC and missed a trio of 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds. He was 0 for 4 from deep for the game and was mostly curt with reporters afterward.

    "We just didn't get the stops we needed to," he said.

    Consecutive 3-pointers by Smith -- the second one banked in -- put the Mavericks up 111-108 with 1:17 left. Smith hit a driving layup with 30.4 seconds left to give Dallas a 113-110 lead, then rebounded a 3-point miss by Westbrook at the other end and made two free throws with 15.8 seconds left.

    "I just saw an open shot and I took it, so I was like with the next one, I'm going to take it as well and they started to fall," Smith said. "It might have been around the five-minute mark or somewhere around there that I realized it was time for me to get it going."

    George made three free throws with 12.7 seconds left to pull the Thunder within 115-113, and then Smith made 1 of 2 free throws with 11.8 seconds left. Westbrook missed two more 3-point attempts in the final seconds.


    Mavericks: Josh McRoberts was in uniform for the first time this season but didn't play. The veteran forward-center hasn't appeared in a NBA game since Dec. 23, 2016 for Miami, after which he dealt with a stress fracture in his left foot. ... Carlisle moved into a tie with John MacLeod for 17th on the NBA coaching wins list with his 707th career victory. ... Yogi Ferrell was called for a technical foul by official Marc Davis between the third and fourth quarters.

    Thunder: Starting guard and defensive ace Andre Roberson sat out with patellar tendonitis. Josh Huestis made his first career start in Roberson's place. ... George, who sat our Friday's game with left knee soreness, said his knee felt fine after Sunday's game . Oklahoma City is 8-2 in New Year's Eve games. The Thunder have hosted a Dec. 31 game in all 10 seasons the franchise has been in Oklahoma City. ... Westbrook has 91 career triple-doubles, fourth-best in NBA history.


    The NBA fined Thunder forward Patrick Patterson $10,000 on Sunday for public criticism of officiating on his Twitter account. The fine was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president for basketball operations.


    Mavericks: Begin a four-game homestand Wednesday night against Golden State.

    Thunder: Face back-to-back games in Los Angeles, against the Lakers on Wednesday night and the Clippers on Thursday night.

    Photo Credit: AP]]>
    <![CDATA[Dennis Smith Jr. Has Triple-Double, Mavs Beat Pelicans]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:55:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-899635066.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. had his first career triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

    Smith had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 8 of 12 overall. Wesley Matthews made 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and Devin Harris hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and added 17 points to help Dallas win three consecutive game for the first time this season. Dwight Powell scored 15 points, J.J. Barea had 14 and Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki 13 each.

    Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 33 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 20 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 23 points, and E'Twaun Moore had 16.

    The Mavericks made 13 of 18 3-pointers as they built a 17-point halftime lead.

    Holiday led a New Orleans push late in the third quarter, scoring seven of the Pelicans' last 11 points in the period. That cut the Mavericks lead to 109-101 after three quarters even though Dallas already had tied the franchise record for 3-pointers in a game (19).

    Holiday made two free throws to cut the deficit to six at the outset of the fourth quarter, but Yogi Ferrell made the record-breaking 20th 3-pointer to give the Mavericks a 118-107 lead midway through the fourth.

    Davis scored six consecutive points as New Orleans got within 118-115 with 3:38 left.

    Nowitzki and Davis each made two free throws before Barea made consecutive 3-pointers to give Dallas a 126-117 lead with 1:57 left.


    Mavericks: Dallas had its highest-scoring first half of the season. ... The Mavericks' bench outscored the Pelicans' backups 60-10. ...

    Pelicans: The Pelicans' longest winning streak of the season ended at three for the third time. ... New Orleans had won four of the last five meetings in the Smoothie King Center. ... G Rajon Rondo came off a game in which he had a career-high 25 assists against Brooklyn and finished with eight assists.


    Mavericks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

    Pelicans: Host New York on Saturday night.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Nowitzki, Mavericks Beat Pacers to End Eight-Game Road Skid]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:55:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-899148592.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points, Harrison Barnes made the tiebreaking free throw with 37.7 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 98-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

    Nowitzki, the franchise's career leading scorer in his 20th season, scored six points in the final quarter to help the Mavericks rally for their third win in 17 road games.

    Barnes and Yogi Ferrell each scored 13 points. Ferrell, an Indianapolis native, hit a key 3-pointer to take a four-point lead with 2:09 remaining.

    Lance Stephenson, Myles Turner and Darren Collison had 16 points apiece for the Pacers, who played without injured leading scorer Victor Oladipo for the first time and struggled down the stretch. Stephenson's layup tied it at 94, but he committed a costly turnover on the Pacers' next possession with 28 seconds remaining that the Mavericks converted into an uncontested layup.

    The Mavericks rallied from an early seven-point deficit as reserve center Dwight Powell scored 11 first-half points. The visitors led for much of the third quarter before the Pacers surged behind Bojan Bogdanovic and Turner to take a 74-71 lead entering the final quarter.


    Mavericks: Nowitzki is expected to make his 14,000th start Friday. He's sixth on the all-time wins list at 885 and is 14 free throws behind Hall of Famer Jerry West for sixth on that list. . Nine of the Mavs' 10 wins have come when they've limited an opponent to fewer than 100 points. Half of those wins have been by margins of 15 points or more. Dallas had just six such wins last season.

    Pacers: The NBA leaders in 3-point percentage (.387) were 10-0 at home when hitting at least 10 3-pointers and 15-3 overall, but made 10 of 25 and lost. . Reserve forward Domantas Sabonis was questionable with a sore left big toe, but played in his normal rotation. . Reserve guard Joe Young sank two 3-pointers in the first half. He had made just two in 18 previous games this season.


    Oladipo missed his first game of the season to rest a sore right knee. The league's eighth-leading scorer (24.9 ppg) scored a season-low 13 points in Tuesday's 107-83 loss at Detroit. Oladipo had started each of the Pacers' 33 games.


    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who coached the Pacers for three seasons through 2006-07, needs two wins to tie John MacLeod for 17th place on the league's career list. He has a record of 705-545, which includes 181-147 while with the Pacers. He won his 700th career game on Dec. 2.


    Mavericks: Visit New Orleans on Friday.

    Pacers: Visit Chicago on Friday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Barea, Mavs End Another Raptors 6-Game Streak With Win]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:11:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4643404981.jpg

    J.J. Barea scored 20 points, including a clinching layup in the final seconds, and the Dallas Mavericks ended another six-game winning streak by Toronto with a 98-93 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night.

    The Mavericks held DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors to season lows in shooting percentage as Toronto lost for just the second time in 14 games, with each loss coming after six straight wins.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and fellow German Maxi Kleber had 15 points and matched his rookie season best with five blocks. Harrison Barnes had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 23 points but didn't score in the fourth quarter, while DeRozan couldn't get going at all after averaging 37 points on a three-game road winning streak that ended.

    DeRozan scored eight points while shooting 19 percent (3 of 16). His previous low was 20 percent (1 of 5) in his only other single-digit game this season -- two points in a 112-78 win at Atlanta in November.

    The teams combined to make just five of 31 shots in the final 8 minutes -- including two misses by Serge Ibaka with the Raptors trailing by three before Barea hit a layup with 10 seconds left after dribbling out most of the shot clock.

    The Raptors (23-9) came into the game with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference but shot under 40 percent for the first time this season.

    Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, and Ibaka added 12 points and 12 boards.

    Barea scored the first six points and hit a capping 3-pointer on a 17-0 run that put the Mavericks in front 83-73 late in the third quarter.


    Raptors: G/F C.J. Miles, a former Dallas high school player, hit a 3 in 10 minutes after missing three games because of a dental procedure. ... Coach Dwane Casey said C Lucas Nogueira was available after missing 11 games with a right calf injury, but he didn't play.

    Mavericks: Barea got a second-quarter technical between free throws by Lowry for complaining that the call was a shooting foul. The technical came when Barea shouted an expletive as he left the floor to be replaced by Devin Harris. ... Kleber also tied his season in rebounds with eight.


    Kleber, also from Nowitzki's hometown of Wurzburg, Germany, matched Barnes for the team high with 13 points in the first half. It was capped by an alley-oop dunk when Yogi Ferrell grabbed a defensive rebound with 6 seconds left, raced the length of the court and tossed it to Kleber for the slam with a couple of seconds to spare.


    Kleber (four blocks) and Nowitzki (three) combined for seven blocks in the first half. It was already a season high for Nowitzki, and Kleber matched his season best early in the third quarter. The Mavericks had a season-high 11 blocks.


    Raptors: Second night of back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: Also on back-to-back at Indiana on Wednesday.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Schroder Scores 33, Hits Big 3 as Hawks Beat Mavericks]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:43:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-897860446.jpg

    Dennis Schroder matched his career high with 33 points, including 27 in the second half, to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-107 on Saturday night in a matchup of last-place teams.

    After missing Friday night's loss at Oklahoma City with a sprained ankle, Schroder hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:21 left to put Atlanta ahead 110-107.

    Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks (8-25), who got 13 points off the bench from rookie John Collins and won for just the second time in eight games.

    Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks (9-25) with 22 points. Dirk Nowitzki scored 18, and J.J. Barea had 15 points and 12 assists off the bench as Dallas lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

    The Mavericks led 53-48 at halftime before Schroder warmed up in the third quarter with 12 points to help Atlanta take a 10-point lead.

    Dallas countered several times and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Barea with 2:28 remaining. The Mavericks scored just two points the rest of the way.

    Atlanta, which opened the season with a 117-111 victory in Dallas, completed a two-game sweep of the season series.


    Mavericks: Wesley Matthews, who leads the team in 3-pointers with 79, didn't hit one until there was 7:28 left in the third quarter. Dallas was just 9 for 33 from beyond the arc after making 17 of 35 in Friday's 113-101 loss at Miami. Matthews went 1 for 7. ... Dallas is 1-5 in the second game of back-to-backs.

    Hawks: Collins went 6 for 9 and has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 14 consecutive games, stretching his franchise rookie record beyond Stacey Augmon's 11 straight games in 1991-92. The first-round draft pick from Wake Forest scored 10 points in the first half. ... One night after scoring a season-high 27 points in his first start of the season, Marco Belinelli was scoreless in the first half off the bench and finished with two points. ... Malcolm Delaney also set a season high Friday with 20 points. He had seven on Saturday. ... Atlanta is 1-7 in the second game of back-to-backs.


    Mavericks: Host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

    Hawks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Ellington Ties Career-Best With 28, Heat Top Mavs]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:35:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501164856.jpg

    Wayne Ellington tied a career high with 28 points, Josh Richardson scored 24 and the injury-ravaged Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Dallas Mavericks 113-101 on Friday night.

    Tyler Johnson scored 19 and Bam Adebayo scored 14 for Miami, which shot 64 percent -- second-best in franchise history. The Heat started both halves with 12-0 runs and went 16 for 25 from 3-point range.

    Ellington made 3s on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth, pushing what was a two-point Heat lead out to 90-82. He connected on his seventh 3 with about four minutes left for a 99-88 lead, and Miami stayed in control the rest of the way.

    Richardson made 11 of 14 shots for Miami, which has won four of its last five.

    Yogi Ferrell scored a season-high 23 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each had 20 for Dallas, which got outrebounded 35-22. The 22 rebounds were the fewest by an NBA team this season.

    Miami guard Dion Waiters left in the first quarter after turning his long-problematic left ankle on a drive, meaning the Heat now have seven players dealing with injuries. Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all remained out with various injuries, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White are likely not returning anytime soon, and now Waiters is ailing again.

    Waiters missed the final 13 games of last season with a left ankle sprain, and it's nagged him at times ever since.

    Nowitzki made back-to-back 3s late in the third, pulling Dallas within 77-73. The Mavs had two possessions with a chance to take the lead in the fourth, misfiring on both, and Miami scored 31 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.


    Mavericks: Devin Harris played only eight minutes before leaving with an illness. ... Dallas was denied a two-game winning streak, which would have matched a season best. The Mavs are 2-7 in the game immediately following a win.

    Heat: Adebayo, who was 1 when Nowitzki made his NBA debut, spent some time guarding the longtime Dallas star. Adebayo was plus-28 in 37 minutes. ... Kelly Olynyk scored 11 for Miami.


    Including two NBA Finals matchups, the Heat and Mavericks have now played 74 times -- with each team winning 37 of them.


    Nowitzki and Heat forward Udonis Haslem have been going head-to-head for more than a decade -- since the 2006 NBA Finals, at least, and the respect the veterans have for one another is clear. They shared some pleasantries before tip-off Friday, and then found themselves guarding one another briefly during the game.


    Josh McRoberts, whose Miami tenure was marked primarily by injuries, still hasn't played for Dallas because of foot problems. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of his last NBA appearance, though he did play 5-on-5 earlier this week against some Mavericks interns. "He's been a great guy to have around our club," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who thinks McRoberts may be ready to play in a few weeks.


    Mavericks: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.

    Heat: Host New Orleans on Saturday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Romo, Miles Austin Catch-Up Courtside at Mavs Game]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-austin-1513830325-NS_20MAVSpistons21.jpg

    Former Dallas Cowboys players Miles Austin and Tony Romo were spotted courtside during the Mavs-Pistons game Wednesday night.

    While playing for the Cowboys from 2006 until 2013, Austin was a favorite target for Romo. After leaving Dallas, Austin played for one season in Cleveland and another with the Eagles before retiring after the 2015 season.

    Romo, of course retired earlier this year and is wrapping up his first year as a broadcaster for CBS Sports. He was recently honored by SI as the Media Person of the Year.

    The former quarterback is a big basketball fan and was honored by the Mavs during their final regular season game earlier this year where Romo got to have some fun during the shootaround.

    Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks soundly defeated the Detroit Pistons 110-93 behind Harrison Barnes' 25 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr's 15 points.

    See more photos of the game from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News]]>
    <![CDATA['Uncle Dirk' is the Best Story You'll Read Today]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:03:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-childrens-visit-02.jpg

    A few days ago Dirk Nowitzki quietly continued his decade-plus tradition of visiting sick kids hospitalized at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

    Last December, Uncle Dirk, as he's come to be known at Children's, graciously allowed me to shadow him during his visit. The idea was to shine a light on the brave kids, their families, the miracle workers at Children's by sharing a story that never had been told.

    Uncle Dirk.

    I knew my tagging along was a one-time thing, though. Because if we know one thing about Dirk Nowitzki beyond his greatness as a basketball player, it's that he prefers his numerous off-the-court deeds to remain private.

    Read more about this year's visit and Dirk's history of visiting the children's hospital from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Photo Credit: Children's Medical Center Dallas]]>
    <![CDATA[Barnes Scores 25, Mavs Top Pistons in Smith's Return]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:22:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-882886848.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points and five assists in his return from a hip injury and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 110-93 Wednesday night.

    The Mavericks, last in the Western Conference, won for just the second time in eight games while ending a three-game Detroit winning streak that followed seven straight losses by the Pistons.

    Anthony Tolliver led Detroit with a season-high 18 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Stanley Johnson also had a season high with 16 points, and Andre Drummond had 11 points and 13 rebounds while battling foul trouble.

    The Mavericks shot 79 percent (15 of 19) in the second quarter for their highest-scoring quarter (43) and half (65) of the season, taking a 12-point lead after trailing by nine in the first quarter.

    The problem was offense for Detroit in the third, with the Pistons going seven minutes without a field goal and shooting 22 percent (4 of 18) after holding Dallas scoreless the first 3 1/2 minutes of the quarter.

    Smith capped a 17-4 finishing run in the first half with a 3-pointer and a three-point play when he faked Reggie Jackson with a spin, hit a jumper and was fouled as Jackson scrambled back to him.

    The 20-year-old Smith, drafted ninth overall, missed six games, and the Mavs lost five of them. He was 5 of 10 from the field with five rebounds while Jackson, a six-year veteran, had six points on 3-of-9 shooting. Jackson had five assists.

    Barnes was 8 of 15 from the field, 3 of 5 from long range and made all six of his free throws while leading Dallas with seven rebounds.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer for Dallas' biggest lead to that point, a 23-point edge (92-69) early in the fourth quarter. J.J. Barea had one of his game-high seven assists on the bucket.

    Tobias Harris, Detroit's leading scorer, scored 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting, missing all four shots from 3.


    Pistons: Drummond had nine rebounds in 17 minutes at halftime, leaving with 3 1/2 minutes left with his third foul. He picked up his fourth and went back to the bench with seven minutes left the third. ... Ish Smith scored 15 points, two shy of his season high.

    Mavericks: G Kyle Collinsworth scored his first NBA points on a 3 in his debut a day after signing a two-way contract. ... C Salah Mejri was called for goaltending twice in the first half. The first was obvious since the ball had already hit the rim. The second was debatable. Mejri had four blocks.


    Pistons: Home against the Knicks on Friday night.

    Mavericks: At Miami on Friday night to start a stretch of five of six on the road.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Potty-Mouthed Ex-Maverick Says Toilet Stolen From Home]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:12:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468969654.jpg

    Former Dallas Mavericks player Charie Villanueva says someone broke into his house and stole several items, including a toilet.

    The potty-mouthed former Mav unleashed a series of tweets about the break in Tuesday night. One of them included a picture of his bathroom, sans toilet with some coarse language.

    "Damn my home in Dallas was just burglarized, called the cops and still waiting on @DallasPD to make a report. FYI it's been 2hrs since I called," Villanueva wrote.

    Hours later, Villanueva said he still hadn't heard from police. But word quickly spread on social media — the picture had more than 2,000 retweets by Wednesday morning.

    "I'm still in shock of all the things they stole," he wrote. "But the one that stand out the most is a toilet...wow."

    Another Twitter user created the handle "Stolen Toilet" and responded to one of his tweets by asking: "Charlie are u looking for me?"

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Len, Suns Complete Comeback Win Against Mavericks]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:41:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

    Alex Len had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns rally past the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Monday night for their second consecutive comeback victory.

    TJ Warren scored 19 points and Isaiah Canaan added 17 as Phoenix (11-21) improved to 2-0 on a three-game road trip despite playing without injured guard Devin Booker.

    Dallas (8-23) lost its third straight game and has one win in its last seven.

    Harrison Barnes had 26 points and Devin Harris added 14 for Dallas. Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews each scored 13.

    Phoenix came from behind and won the game in the fourth quarter.

    After the Suns had trailed for the entire second half, Canaan tied it 79-all on a 3-pointer with 7:29 remaining. Len gave Phoenix its first lead since the second quarter on a pair of free throws.

    Phoenix led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, 89-81, but didn't seal the victory until Warren made one of two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining and knocked down two more with 5.6 seconds left,

    The Suns erased a 15-point deficit Saturday in a 108-106 win against Minnesota.

    It was the second consecutive game in which Dallas let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. San Antonio went on a 13-0 run Saturday over the final 4:11, including a game-winning basket by Manu Ginobili for a 98-96 victory.


    Suns: Booker missed his sixth game with a left adductor strain. ... Tyson Chandler was the starting center on the Mavericks' 2011 NBA championship team.

    Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his sixth straight game with a left hip strain. ... Dirk Nowitzki made his 1,828th career 3-pointer, passing Kobe Bryant for 13th in NBA history. Chauncey Billups ranks 12th with 1,830.


    Suns: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Spurs Close on 13-0 Run to Rally Past Mavericks, 98-96]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:13:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs scored the final 13 points of the game, rallying for a 98-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

    Maxi Kleber had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 for Dallas in the final regular season matchup between the Southwest Division rivals.

    Kleber's 3-pointer gave Dallas a 96-85 lead with 4:11 remaining, but the Spurs held them scoreless the remainder of the game.

    Aldridge's fall-away, 11-foot jumper tied the game at 96 with 23.4 seconds remaining and Manu Ginobili's driving layup with 3.1 seconds was the game-winning shot.

    Aldridge had his 12th double-double of the season to help offset the absences of starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green.

    Coming off a 15-point blowout in Houston on Friday night, San Antonio was able to avoid its third straight loss.

    The Spurs missed their first five shots, all short jumpers from Aldridge and Pau Gasol, on their way to shooting 30 percent in the opening quarter.

    The Mavericks took advantage, charging to a 31-18 lead.

    San Antonio's reserves reversed the team's fortunes in the third quarter.

    Davis Bertans finished with 13 points and Ginobili added 12 off the bench.

    The Spurs closed within 72-68 after trailing by as many as 16 points to help set up the late-game heroics.

    Dallas was without five players, including rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Durant Leads Warriors Past Mavericks for Eighth Straight Win]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/durant-postgame-warriors.jpg

    After his brilliant game, Omri Casspi returned to the court to sing a Hanukkah prayer along with hundreds of fans and then took his turn lighting the large menorah on night three of the festival of lights -- and on Jewish Heritage Night at Oracle Arena.

    A veteran forward from Israel, Casspi earned another start for the injury-plagued defending champions and posted his 17th career double-double with season bests of 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping send the Golden State Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 on Thursday for their eighth straight win.

    "My family's in town always for Hanukkah, so it's always fun to have family around," he said, adding of his role, "Same mindset, just play hard. I want to stay sharp, stay ready whenever I'm called upon."

    Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors with 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Klay Thompson scored 25 points, making all five of his 3-pointers and shooting 10 for 18 overall as the Warriors pulled away in the third quarter.

    The Warriors are still down three starters in Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia, while Nick Young joined the sidelined group with a concussion sustained in Monday night's win over Portland.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 16 points and seven boards against his former team.

    "They're a talented team and we let a few miscommunications let them get a run going, and we just couldn't really stop them," Barnes said.

    Golden State rookie Jordan Bell provided an all-around solid performance in his fourth career start with eight points, a season-best eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

    Durant also blocked two shots in his fourth 30-point game of the season and third in the last four. Golden State won its 10th in a row against the Mavericks at Oracle Arena and eighth consecutive in the series overall.


    Mavericks: After allowing 40 first-quarter points to the Warriors in the first meeting Oct. 23, the Mavericks led 28-24 after the opening period and were tied 48-all at the break. ... Dallas converted the first 14 of Golden State's 16 turnovers into 18 points.

    Warriors: Casspi scored in double figures for the seventh time this season. ... Andre Iguodala dished out a season-best 10 assists, the first time he's reached double digits since Dec. 29, 2013. ... Curry is expected to have his sprained right ankle re-evaluated next week, while Green and Pachulia are dealing with sore shoulders. ... AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, from California's Central Valley, was in attendance and is thrilled to get going alongside new slugging teammate Giancarlo Stanton .


    Rick Carlisle is crossing his fingers he will be coaching Nowitzki another season in Dallas.

    Nowitzki seems set on it, too.

    "I'm not going to say 100 percent I'll be back, but it's looking like it," he told the Dallas Morning News after Thursday's morning shootaround.

    Carlisle has heard hints that's how his big man is leaning.

    "This is kind of what he has been saying all along," Carlisle said. "We're about a third of the way through, and he is feeling good, which is great. I'm hoping like crazy that he plays another year because having him here is one of the really special experiences in coaching. As far as the message it sends to the other guys, it's pretty clear that if you want to be as good as you possibly can be in this league, do what this guy does on a day-to-day basis -- everything from diet and nutrition to taking care of your body to doing everything possible to keep your skill level where it needs to be. He's impeccable, the best I've ever seen."


    Sitting courtside, Peggy Mizono took a third-quarter bad pass by the Mavericks to the left eye and face area. She appreciated Durant and Bell checking on her, and KD even kissed Mizono's cheek. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and athletic trainer Chelsea Lane each delivered ice bags.

    "That hurts, I don't care who you are," Thompson said. "It doesn't feel good when a basketball comes at your head."

    "That's awesome," coach Steve Kerr said of his players' care.

    Durant also kissed a woman in Oklahoma City in November 2012 when his own errant pass hit her in the forehead.


    Mavericks: At San Antonio on Saturday.

    Warriors: At Lakers on Monday in their only road game the rest of the year.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Says He May Return Next Season]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:22:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

    Losing is no fun for Dirk Nowitzki. But waking up and going to the gym still is.  Razzing teammates in the locker room? Still is. Heck, even watching film? Still is.

    While the losses have mounted in a season that has been hard to watch at times, but promising at other moments, Nowitzki opened up on Thursday and said that the 8-20 record going into Thursday’s game at Golden State has not dampened his enthusiasm.

    Not for this season. Or next season.

    “I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki said after the Mavericks had a morning walk-through at the Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco.

    Read more on this story from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Barea, Mavs Spoil Leonard's Return With Win Over Spurs]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:08:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-891258124.jpg

    J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the season debut of San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, beating the Spurs 95-89 on Tuesday night.

    Leonard missed the first 27 games because of right quadriceps tendinopathy, a condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee. He wasn't around in the fourth quarter when Barea finished a rally that he started by scoring eight points in the final 1:49 of the third.

    Harrison Barnes scored 17 points while Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Mathews had 16 apiece as the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak at home to the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak stopped for the third time this season.

    Barea led the Mavericks with six assists, teaming up with alley-oop dunk partner Dwight Powell a couple of times as Powell finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 for the Spurs, who shot 29 percent while getting outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.

    Leonard, who had 13 points, went to the locker room late in the third quarter, with no immediate word on whether he had hit the unspecified minutes restriction coach Gregg Popovich said would be in place. He played 16 minutes, roughly the first 5 minutes in each of the first three quarters.

    The Spurs called a timeout before subbing him out the final time, after he had tipped a loose ball a couple of times to keep an offensive rebound alive and hit a short jumper. He had six rebounds, an assist and a block.

    Leonard made his first three shots and scored six of San Antonio's first eight points.

    San Antonio has had a similar minutes restriction on guard Tony Parker, who played more than 20 minutes for the first time in seven games since returning from surgery for a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

    The 35-year-old Parker had six points on 3-of-9 shooting as the Spurs lost for the first time with him in the lineup. Parker has skipped two games since returning.


    Spurs: Bryn Forbes banked in a 3-pointer over Dirk Nowitzki at the first-half buzzer to get the Spurs within 46-44. ... Aldridge, Gay and Leonard were the only Spurs in double figures. Patty Mills was next with eight. ... C Pau Gasol went scoreless on just two shots with nine rebounds.

    Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game with a left hip strain and won't play on the upcoming two-game road trip. ... Nowitzki was 1 of 8 from the field and finished with six points.


    Spurs: At Houston on Friday before the final matchup with Dallas this season on Saturday.

    Mavericks: At Golden State on Thursday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Timberwolves Hold Off Mavericks]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:42:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

    After alternating wins and losses over the previous 10 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves were simply satisfied to pull out a victory against the Mavericks that stopped the back-and-forth swing.

    Dallas lamented missed opportunities and a chance to continue its improved play of late.

    Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Minnesota held on for a 97-92 win Sunday night.

    "Just win, win the game," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Dallas has played well. If you watch their games, you would know how tough they've been playing. So I knew it was going to be a hard-fought game."

    Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading 21st double-double of the season. Minnesota committed 18 turnovers but hit four free throws at the end to pull away in a game in which no team led by more than six points.

    Jamal Crawford had 16 points off the bench for the Timberwolves (16-11), who won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 15-17.

    "They're not always going to be pretty wins," Crawford said. "When you go through tough stretches and still find a way to win, I think that says a lot about your group."

    Harrison Barnes scored 19 and Maxi Kleber tied a career high with 16 points for Dallas, which has lost three in a row. The Mavericks, who had won four of six before the skid, shot 41 percent in the second half despite going 8 of 19 on 3-pointers.

    "We can't complain with the shots," Barnes said. "We had layups, we had open 3s, open 2s. Our shots didn't fall. From an execution standpoint we did everything we're supposed to do."

    J.J. Barea sparked Dallas with 14 of his 16 in the second half, including a driving bank shot with two minutes left to give the Mavericks their final lead at 90-89. Butler followed with a turnaround jumper to put Minnesota back in front.

    Barea added a pair of free throws with 24.9 seconds left to pull Dallas to 93-92. But Crawford and Taj Gibson each hit a pair of free throws to secure the victory for Minnesota, its third in the past four games.

    "The best part is we found a way to win, so we'll take the positives as they are," Towns said.


    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki played his 65th regular-season game against Minnesota, the most for any player. Nowitzki scored 10 points in 25:22. It was the 1,421st game of his career, leaving him three behind Kevin Willis for sixth on the NBA's all-time list. ... Six players scored in double figures for Dallas. ... Antonius Cleveland was the first player off the bench for the Mavericks and played a career-high 17:51. He helped hold Andrew Wiggins to 1-of-9 shooting early.

    Timberwolves: Reserve F Nemanja Bjelica missed his ninth straight game with a left mid-foot sprain. ... Minnesota opened a five-game homestand. The Wolves are 13-5 at home this season, including 7-0 against Western Conference teams. ... Wiggins came through with two big buckets late in the fourth quarter after his slow start. He finished with 10 points. He's been held to single digits just one time this season.


    Dennis Smith Jr. missed his second straight game with a left hip strain, and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn't have a timeframe on when his rookie point guard might be able to return. Smith is going back to Dallas to see a doctor.

    "He's getting a little better each day, but I'm not going to give you any timetables right now," Carlisle said. "Him being 100 percent healthy is the No. 1 priority. That's what's got to be our focus."

    Smith, the No. 9 pick in the draft, is averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 assists per game.


    Towns went down hard and was favoring his right leg before coming out with 3:04 remaining. He was checked by team trainers and returned later.

    "It don't matter," Towns said. "I'll see you guys on Tuesday. The streak continues."


    Mavericks: Return home against San Antonio on Tuesday.

    Timberwolves: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavs CEO Celebrates Change in Workplace Culture]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:49:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyn-marshall-interview-aac.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks CEO completes 100-day plan to change workplace culture while awaiting final report of allegations of a sexual harassment scandal in the front office.

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    <![CDATA[Report: Former Mavs President Harassed Employees for Years]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:55:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Sports Illustrated released a scathing article Tuesday that quotes several former Dallas Mavericks female employees who said the Mavericks ran a very hostile work environment.]]>